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...

  • 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

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

    You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating th...

  • McCray Ridge

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

  • Christopher Cameron

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

  • Fritz Underground Winery

    Fritz Underground Winery is unlike any place you've ever visited. A visionary wonder built ahead ...

  • Martin Family Vineyards - Truett Hurst

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

  • Forchini Vineyards and Winery

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

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Lambert Bridge Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2002


    A previous selection of Gold Medal Wine Club-Gold Series. Created to be a casual and versatile wine without losing dimension or complexity, this Zinfandel won a Gold Medal at the California Zinfandel Competition. Gourmet Magazine included this outstanding wine on their Recommended list. The Wine Report rated it 88 points stating, Not a wine to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by JessicaHaralson

  • Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone 1996


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    Wine review by TommyG188

  • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel California 2006


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    Wine review by mallard

  • Quivira Grenache Dry Creek Valley Wine Creek Ranch 2006


    Very fresh on the nose with youthfully estery fruit and a strong floral top note. The alcohol is a bit noticeable here though there are lovely sp[ice tones on softly jammy fruit with just a touch of cool melon adding freshness. Front loaded with fruit and surprisingly crisp in the mouth with crunchy fruit and some nice earth and tree bark tones ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Dry Creek Valley Meritage 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by paulc

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