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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • McCray Ridge

    Visiting Stan and Julie Simpson at their mountain vineyard, one senses that they are on top of th...

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

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

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

  • Wilson Winery

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

  • Forchini Vineyards and Winery

    Forchini Vineyards & Winery has been growing premium wine grapes in Sonoma County since 1971. Th...

  • Mounts Family Winery

    Quality through sacrifice is our priority at Mounts Vineyards. With this philosophy of excellence...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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


  • Mill Creek Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Pleasant minerality, dark oak and concentrated blackberry aromas. On the palate this explodes with flavors of rich vanilla, dark chocolate and zesty mixed berry. This is pleasant and deceptively smooth despite being such a big wine - it's full bodied, richly fruited and generous with a creamy texture and a finish that lasts for days. Read More

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  • Amista Winery Gene's Block Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Hot, savory bouillon, black pepper and cinnamon aromas with dark black cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate is expansive, expressive and bold with rich blackberry and black currant fruit, full chocolate and espresso and a finish of rich earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pedroncelli Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2014

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    Inky, brooding and savory aromas of concentrated blackberry, black currant preserves and rich butter-rum spiked chocolate mousse. In the mouth this sings with ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and black currant, turning earthy and oaken towards the mid palate, and sloping down towards an earthy finish of toast, butter and oak. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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