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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Frick Winery

    Bill Frick and Judith Gannon started FRICK Winery in 1976 with proceeds from the sale of their 19...

  • Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery

    Everett A. Wise purchased the land in 1875 that is now home to Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery...

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

    Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's D...

  • Wilson Winery

    Wilson Winery was built on tradition and family—much like its landmark barn anchored to the easte...

  • Alderbrook Winery

    Anthony Terlato and family Gathering at the table has always been at the heart of the Terlato ...

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

    The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switz...

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  • Rock Wall Petite Sirah Jack's 2011

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    Opened this '11 Rock Wall Petite Sirah three nights ago. Petite my arse, loads of dark fruit but also big gritty tannins, so I'm letting it sit in time out for a while in hopes of it starting to behave.Two days later this tooth stainer has calmed down a bit. Big structurally with mouth coating fresh black and dark red fruit but the tannins have ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    I swear that Mauritsons is more like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc than any other California version I have ever had. I like the wine. From the first whiff you can detect tons of citrus aroma. On the tongue that is translated to grapefruitstrong grapefruit. All the acid tartness makes it an amazingly refreshing wine. I just thought, though,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia?  I do not have many links to Canada, and ... being a Zinfandel threat to Dry Creek Valley.The research continues.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2006

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    Not a lot of fruit on entry to the mouthtypical LS blackberry notes, but not in your face. Fairly light-bodied for a red (let alone a Ridge LS), but an enjoyable wine to drink. There is still acid backbone, here, but tannins are, pretty much, gone. This one is pretty smooth until I get a slight taste of alcohol at the very back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Big berry-filled nosealso, some earthiness. Quite pleasant on entry to the mouthsome blackberry flavor but not as big as aroma suggested. A little resinous wood. Some dusty earth. Not the most full-bodied Zin Ive ever had, but an easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Truett-Hurst Grenache Blend Mendocino County Gps Dark Horse 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Truett-Hurst Grenache Blend Mendocino County Gps Dark Horse 2007

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2004

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    Very attractive clear red plum color. Blackberry aroma, but with some volatility. Amazingly smooth on entry. Then some serious red fruitcherry and red raspberry. Not as tannic as most Lyttons. In fact, relatively little tannin. Slight tartness on the back of the palate. This one may be at its peak if it hasnt already passed it, but a wond... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    Not as fruit forward as your standard Zin but is nicely balanced. A bit oakie for my taste. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Unless you live near Dry Creek Valley--I think this is exactly what you are looking for:   Read More

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