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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Christopher Cameron

    Our family takes care of every step from vineyard to bottle, including grape growing, winemaking,...

  • Martin Family Vineyards - Truett Hurst

    The Martin Family Vineyards and Winery was born from our commitment to family and our love of fin...

  • McCray Ridge

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

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Frick Winery

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

  • Pena Ridge

    Peña Ridge partners John and Jim Piccetti's father planted our first vineyard in 1982 at 400 abov...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Wilson Ranch 2016

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    Floral and fruity on the nose. Peachy and fresh with a note of minerality on the medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Dry Creek Zinfandel Reserve 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mariacurcio


  • Grayson Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008

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    I like very much the tasty of strawberry Read More

    Wine review by jave


  • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

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    Not the darkest color (plum) Ive seen for a DCV Zinnoticeable light comes through. Red fruit (cherry) on entry which seems to accelerate mid-palate. That seems a tad unusual to me. This is a very soft wine. Not a rustic, brambly Zin. It does have good tannin. This is a likeable wine, but not my favorite Zinfandel. A lot of PN lovers may e... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Dark ruby in color. Red and blue fruit on the nose though a little shy. Shy on the palate too. Medium acidity with a long slightly dry finish. Like the wine really just doesn't represent value to me. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Trader Joe's Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Reserve 2014

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    Big bright zin with some candied walnut 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


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