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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Varietals Produced in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Thumbprint Cellars

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

    Award winning, family owned artisan winery. Winemaker Nancy Walker crafts beautiful wines that s...

  • Williamson Wines

    Australian-born husband-and-wife team, Dawn and Bill Williamson focus on producing limited quanti...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Stark Wine

    Stark Wine Company is a small-lot producer of Rhone and Mediterranean-inspired wines based in ...

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

    You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating th...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Nice introduction of muted red berry fruit. Good acid tartness. Interestinly, while looking at the grape variety components of this wine, one migjt think this is a big red bruiser. On the contrary it is fairly elegant. This wine could accompany a wide variety of foods from a hearty steak to a flavorful cornish game hen. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kreck Teldeschi Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

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    Very attractive plum color. Nose of dark berries with a suggestion of green vegetable--chard or asparagus. On the tongue I get the dark fruit--blackberry, black plum--but it is very muted. Not that blast of fruit "sweetness." Very nice. Some salinity and some astringency. A very interesting mouthfeel--somewhat "thick" and viscous, Seems t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2010

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    I love the dark plum color of PS. Dark fruit--blackberry, blueberry, black plum--but not too much; Some serious mineral or soil add a nice contrast and complements the fruit. A fairly smooth wine. Although, there are still unresoved tannins that indicate that more years of storage could be rewarding. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Seghesio Cortina Zinfindel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Bright red fruit, but those yield to earthy spice--some black pepper. Some savoriness. Not the biggest Zin, but not, particularly, shy, either. A wine that looks for solid food pairing more than sipping by itself. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jolie-Laide Grenache Provisor Vineyard 2017

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    Very pretty translucent garnet color. Modestly fruity nose. On the tongue, a light hit of tart red berry--cherry, red raspberry--but, again, a light hit. This wine is quite tart, To me, that makes it quite refreshing, but another taster may judge it as acid imbalance. Quite light bodied. Something, probably, again, acid, is causing a "rough... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    I'm going to be a bit kinder to this wine than I was a year and a half ago. I am still getting bright red fruit--raspberry, plum, and I am still surprised at the relative lack of tannin. However, it has rounded out to a nice, mouth-filling wine. I am wondering if this is a stylistic change at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Once & Future Frank's Block Teldeshchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

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    A very satisfying wine. Red berries--raspberry, cherry--on the tip of the tongue but, also, stone fruit--plum. A mid-palate suggestion of anise. Nice refreshing acid, but not to the point of tartness, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • My take from Carlisle was not quite as prodigious as v v's.These are all ... all ... Lane RRV ZinfandelDry Creek Valley ZinfandelSonoma County Zinfandel ( X 2 Read More

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  • Looks like Morgan and Chris have been busy Bedrock babies, here's what came ... Lorenzo's Heritage Wine Dry Creek Valley4X  2017 Montecillo Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District2X  2017 Nervo Ranch Heritage Wine Geyserville2X  2017 Schmeidt Road Zinfandel Lodi2X  2017 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County1X  2017 Under the... Read More

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  • OK Darren you asked so here's the full list:2014 Cakebread Cellars Rubaiyat2015 Le Relais du Roi Châteauneuf-du-Pape2011 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Extra Dry (1.5L)2013 Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson ValleyNV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley2016 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Rosé Belleruche2017 Scherrer Winery Dry Rosé (x3)2014 ... Read More

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  • 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...

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