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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Stark Wine

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

  • Montemaggiore

    We were captivated by the genuine quality of life in Montemaggiore, a small moutain village in so...

  • A. Rafanelli

    The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry...

  • McCray Ridge

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

  • Pezzi King Vineyards & Winery

    James P. Rowe, Sr., is passionate about his Italian heritage. His love of agriculture is rooted i...

  • Alderbrook Winery

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Estate Zinfandel Estate Grown Dry Creek Valley 2006

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  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Petite Sirah Estate Grown Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    Wine review by wstuckey


  • Zichichi Zinfandel Dry Creek 2005

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  • David Coffaro Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2006

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  • Wine flights for this blind tasting.Flight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli Mother Clone2005 Quivira2006 HoldredgeFlight 2 Dry Creek Valley Single Vineyards 2006 Dashe Cellars Florence Vineyard2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence VineyardFlight 3 100 years and what do you get?2006 Terra d'O... Read More

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  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli Mother Clone 86pts2005 Quivira 85pts2006 Holdredge 93ptsFlight 2 Dry Creek Valley Single Vineyards 2006 Dashe Cellars Florence Vineyard 93pts2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch 89pts2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence Vineyard 94ptsFlight 3 100 years and wha... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Effusively aromatic with baked earth and fruit tones baked plum, tobacco and smoky oak with a tarry edge. A bit heavy on the nose. Big and rick with a sleek sweetness to the wine. There is a distinct dried fruit tone to the intense cherry/cranberry fruit here and fine pepperiness and briar accentuates the mid-palate. The tannins a fairly substa... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Anderson Ranch 2005

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    This has a sweet, brambly/herbal nose that shows its alcohol a bit too much. The heat accentuates a minty, chalky character but there are nice notes of lingonberry jam. Sweet on entry with pure raspberry fruit that is backed up with grace notes of tree bark, orange peel, and backing spices. The texture is a bit thick and slick with integrated a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone 2006

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    This value priced bottling has a low key nose that is very true to type with a ... ... is recognizable, typical Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. 86p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Collier Falls Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Private Reserve 2002

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    This is a previous selection from the Gold Medal Wine Club-Platinum Series. ... west corner of the renowned Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, Collier Falls Vineyard hand harvests its estate Zinfandel fruit from eight acres planted in 1982. 93% Estate Zinfandel blended with 7% Estate Petite Sirah and aged for fifteen months in oak. Enjoy tonight or ... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


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