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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Quivira Vineyards & Winery

    Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Val...

  • Alderbrook Winery

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

  • Christopher Cameron

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

  • Mauritson Family Winery

    With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout ...

  • Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Stark Wine

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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


  • Pedroncelli Dry Rose of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Smoky, tarry aromas with dark musk and tart mixed berry on the nose. This is a bit green on entry but overdelivers on rich spice and zesty earth, a fruit blend of cranberry, cherry and raspberry and a bold baking spice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I don't normally post the rear label in these threads, but this one has so ... ...  Chalk it up to my Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel bias.So, while this wine has sat in my cellar for a few years, I wasn't sure that I would really love it.I was wrong.This wine is awesome.I expect most Cabs to introduce themselves with black fruit--cassis is the mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by FFLADY


  • Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013

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    $19.99 tons of fruit flavor and spice. Full of Blackberry and cherry flavor. I love this wine. Pairs well with a peppery steak Read More

    Wine review by BobbyC10


  • Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Lots of blue makes the color more purple than red. Interesting. This one is a mouthful. Very chewy, almost, not quite, jammy on the tongue. Strong tannin. Im pretty sure this not my favorite DCV Zin. Its not bad, but it just seems overripe, to me. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... for < $20?  Kirkland Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel for < $20?  Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for less than < $20?  Guess what.  They are all pretty darned good wines. Are they better than the Kirkland Chianti or CdP?  Who cares?Believe me when I tell you, we can p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Teldeschi Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 1999

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    I opened the bottle carefully (cork and age can be fickle friends) and then decanted it for about an hour. The wine is a rich, inky black at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, plum and kisch, that just reminds me of many of the wonderful local Italian places in New York. The wine is an explosi... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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