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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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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

  • Bradford Mountain Vineyards

    As they say there's just something about mountain air. Grist Vineyard, perched over twelve hundre...

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

    In the old-world tradition of winemaking families, the names Kreck and Mill Creek Vineyards are s...

  • 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...

  • Kokomo Winery

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

  • 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

  • No pic.  Camera is on IR until I do something about the missing battery ... it was made from a blend of Dry Creek Valley fruit and Lodi fruit.  Not nearly as tannic or acidic as a DCV example, noticeable berry fruit, but not jammy like a Lodi example.  Looking forward to polishing off the bottle, tonigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Federalist Dueling Pistols United States California Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley Red 2009

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • The Federalist Zinfandel 2008

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Lytton Estate 2010

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    Something of a sour viney nose. I'm not getting much fruit flavor on the palate at all. Super stark drying sensation, mostly. I may require more air. A bit bitter on the back of the palate. I like the lack of fruitiness, but you have to really like lean wines to enjoy this one. US$27.99 at Packing House Wine Merchants in Claremont. Amendm... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Frick Carignane Mendocino County 2008

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    My 8/8, the groups 8/8 While some participant s in our tasting felt this wine as corked I did not sense any TCA on the nose, finding instead off-putting and assertive aromas of mint, liquid smoke, and harsh raw woodnotes. On the palate there was some fruit on entry, but the mid-palate as stripped and the finish non-existent lending credence to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Emark's recommendations are spot-on, esp because you are outside the Zin ... yourself to make a trip to Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma and try some of these wines that Emark talks about.  I'd add Bella, Talty, Unti, Gracianna, Carlisle, Williams-Selyem (that last one might be available near you) to my list.  Also Ulises Valdez, Nalle, and Preston... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!- any...


  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel ... ... I lean towards Zins from Dry Creek Valley, the Rockpile Area, and Alexander Valley.  However, on this board you will we have fans of Zins from Paso Robles, Sonoma Valley, Sierra Foothills and Napa Valley.  They all have their merit, and I can see how each one of ... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs California Dry Creek Valley 2010

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    Predominantly Zinfandel wine from Ridge. Excellent wine! Fruit forward and jammy on the front with lots of pepper and zinfandel character showing through on the backend. Leather and smoke throughout. Long delicious finish. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Frei Brothers Merlot 2010

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    Wine review by qu1x0tc


  • Dry Creek Vineyard the Mariner 2010

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    Very nice Dry Creek bordeaux blend. Fairly tight at the moment but anticipating this will open up with some air time. Loads of dark fruit, ripe plum, raisin, a touch of smoke, medium to fine but not too grippy tannin and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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