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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Looking for an everyday red...


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2010

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    Cool season vintage. Tart red fruit with soft tannins and a long finish. Almost european in style. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Seghesio Family Zinfandel Rockpile Dry Creek Valley 2007

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    Very dark purple in the glass. Fruity and volatile nose. Somewhat unusual fruit flavors on introduction to the palate. Im getting more strawberry and red raspberry when I normally get blackberry from Zinfandel. This seems to give it a lighter feel than I normally see in Zin. As it passes from mid-palate to back of the throat Im getting alco... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Fume Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Estate 1991

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    Somewhat murky oxblood color. Smoky dusty nose. Initial taste is quite subdued. Then there is a combination of blackberry and lemon (?) flavor. Tannins are, pretty much, done for making this an easy drinker. The one minus I would have for this wine is that, while I do not detect heat, I can definitely taste alcohol way in the back of the pal... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I was right, Taste of Sonoma was a cattle call. The gates opened at 11:00, we rolled in at 11:30 and the line was longer than I have ever seen. This was half way in... Not sure what was worse, waiting in line or being treated to a woman behind me going on and on about wine, grapes, commercial harvesters etc when she had no clue what she was talk... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Wine Country Weekend


  • Going to a winemakers dinner tonight downtown metro F'ville at the Wine ... ... 2012 Adel's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Dinner:Chilled Corn Bisque with Basil Oil and Chevre Toastpaired with Wine Guerrilla 2012 Claire de Lune-100% Sauvignon Blanc 72 Hour Garlic Rosemary Cured Beef Tenderloin, Cannellini Bean and Avocado Salsa, Handlebar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Valdez Quinn Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    Excellent Dry Creek zin from Valdez. This is more subtle than some of their other zins, less jammy and a bit more refined. Still has abundant red and black fruits, blueberry compote, moderate acidity and fine grained tannins. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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