Dry Creek Valley Wine

The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Napa side is warmer, more suited to varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, while the Sonoma side is cooler, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thrive. 
 
The history of wine-making in Carneros dates back to the 1840s, when California was still under Mexican control and General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who was also the Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, secured a land grant to settle and cultivate Rincon de los Carneros and surrounding territories. This section was managed by his son-in-law, Jacob P. Leese. Grape cultivation began with Leese and as the US gained control over California, more settlers became attracted to the fertile land in Sonoma and Napa Valleys and planted their own vineyards. By the 1870s, William H. Winter purchased 1,200 acres from Leese and cultivated what became the area’s first commercial vineyard, Winter Winery. 
 
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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

    In the old-world tradition of winemaking families, the names Kreck and Mill Creek Vineyards are s...

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

    David Coffaro Estate Vineyard is dedicated to making premium wines at a fair price. We have a lar...

  • Thumbprint Cellars

    Hand-crafted, small lot, micro-wines are created using the highest quality grapes from Sonoma Cou...

  • A. Rafanelli

    The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry...

  • Optima Winery

    Optima began as a dream producing just 400 cases in 1984,now, the winery is continuing their trad...

  • Preston of Dry Creek Valley

    Preston of Dry Creek is an organic family farm rooted in the agrarian traditions of Dry Creek Val...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Trader Joe's Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Reserve 2014

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    Big bright zin with some candied almond that makes it different - awesome!Can't believe I've got it so cheap Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Sbragia Zinfandel Gino's Vineyard 2012

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    Dark purple in the glass with just the slightest amount of light passing through. Quite funky noseprobably Sulphur that hasnt blown off, yet. Lots of tart cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then some stoniness. Certainly not the biggest Zin Ive ever had, but enjoyable. Light-ish on tannin, but strong on acid. A very pleasant prickly sensatio... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013

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    Big hit of red fruitcherryon entry. Much more than I get from other Ridge bottlings. Still stiff tannin provides nice backbone. Good acid. A good wine, but I think I like my Zins to be a tad less civilized. This one seems to be reined in. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Since I can't order from "mom & pop" brick and mortar stores ... Rhone.The 2015 Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley "Bench Vineyard" Merlot and the 2015 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir.  Amazingly I do feel somewhat bette Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2015

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    Earthy, dusty and dry aromas of blackberry on the nose. This is punchy and fruit forward with full body, jammy strawberry, blueberry jam and a floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma County 2015

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    Fruit forward when first opened with some noticable tannin on the finish. The second day the fruit tammed down and a spiciness came forward. Really enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard 2009

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    A touch of chalky soil and a savory brown rice note open for classic blackberry and black currant fruit with rich chocolate and creamy vanilla aromas. A few years have mellowed this well balanced selection - ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry form the core but are joined by a pleasant spice, a creamy vanilla and chocolate note and... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard 2012

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    Pleasantly aromatic tea leaf and clay aromas with cherry and mixed berry aromas, black pepper and a hint of violets. Rich, full bodied red fruit palate of red currant, raspberry and cherry, dark chocolate on the mid palate and a creamy texture coming through on the finish supported by a lattice of chewy tannins and medium-bold acidity. Good comp... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Collier Falls Hillside Estate Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    Decadent butter cream and vanilla aromas with oak spice and a light savory note coming through amidst black currant and blackberry fruit. Chewy tannins and herbed fruit on the palate with dried basil and sage leaf framing raspberry, cherry and cranberry fruit. The fruit is delicate and candied but retreats on the finish leaving behind floral not... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Quivira Sauvignon Blanc Fig Tree Vineyard 2014

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    Herbal lemon drop and butter cookie aromas with a tart citrus note and some tropical fruits. Focused and citrusy on the palate with bright flavors of sour straw candy, light melon and a hint of mango. Pleasant and crisp with good fruit expression and a zesty spice throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dry Creek is one of the most beautiful valleys in Sonoma county and has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines too. In particular, Pezzi King, Wilson, Rued, Sbragia, Seghesio, Hobo and many others make amazing wines. The Dry Creek store is a great place to stop for a sandwich to pair with your Zin, and the Ferrari-Cerano winery is like a Mediterrane...

    Comment by 366897Da Wine Dog 366897 Da Wine Dog


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