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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  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Pena Ridge

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

  • Wilson Winery

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

  • Thumbprint Cellars

    Hand-crafted, small lot, micro-wines are created using the highest quality grapes from Sonoma Cou...

  • Kokomo Winery

    Started in 2004 with the production of a single vineyard Cabernet from Mounts Vineyard, Kokomo ...

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

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

  • Mauritson Family Winery

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

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2007

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    Fall 2008. BOT244.JK Comments: $13. 12.5% 0.6% RS. Read More

    Wine review by stephenmaloney


  • David Coffaro Estate Cuvée 2006

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    WOWZA...A fantastic field blend (Zin, Cab, Carignane and Petite) that is medium bodied and full of spice and dark fruit. A great pizza wine! Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Well a scheduling snafu, and the fact that both NY football teams are in the ... J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek Valley $11.99Groups #2 My #1To me this spoke of Sangiovese, medium bodied, austere and slightly astringent. That astringency turned Scott of as he called the wine harsh and said it reminded him of unripe red plum though he did... Read More

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  • Wines Tasted:Flight 1 _ Sangiovese2005 J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 91pts2006 Terra doro Amador County Sangiovese 86pts2005 Pietra Santa Cienega Valley Sangiovese 89ptsFlight 2 Other Italians2006 Montevina Amador County Aglianico 88pts2006 Bocella Rasott Campi Taurasini 89pts2004 Pietra Santa Dolcetto Cienega Valley 87ptsFlight ... Read More

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  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005

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    This has a great raw character, its a bit too woody but the light sour cherry,spice, herb and fruit notes are both intense and distinctive. There is a stoniness that is mouth watering and lovely notes of mushroom and watermelon accents the fruit.Lean on entry with great acidity and a nice mineral cut to the cherry pie filling fruit. Impressive l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mutt Lynch Winery Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Canis Major 2005

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    A great petite sirah from Mutt Lynch winery. The color and aroma are excellent and entice you to want to taste the wine. Then when you do finally taste the wine it does not disappoint, I enjoyed how it had a sense of fruit beyond what I normally expect from a petite sirah. Read More

    Wine review by Jon of Sonoma


  • The Other Guys Zinfandel Lodi Plungerhead 2006

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    Fruit forward and luscious without being overpowering. A good low-priced Zin. Read More

    Wine review by mlblanchard


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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    i didn't expect this to actually be dry but it is. It has all the qualities of a chenin blanc but softer, not as powerful with the green apples as a vouvray or anjou chenin blanc Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Anderson Ranch 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by mmcarter


  • Lambert Bridge Viognier Dry Creek Valley 2007

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    This was a wonderful surprise for me!!!! It was my first time tasting a Viognier and I found it to be a bit sweet and spicier then a Sauvignon Blanc.........and more complex. We had it with a Crab and Pea Rissotto which was a wonderful complement.I would serve this again, especially in the summer months!! A bit of spice, a bit of fruit, some ... Read More

    Wine review by Jon of Sonoma


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