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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Passalacqua Winery

    Seeking to create wines which capture the spirit of the region, we combine prized harvests from s...

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

    David Coffaro Estate Vineyard is dedicated to making premium wines at a fair price. We have a lar...

  • Mauritson Family Winery

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

  • Kokomo Winery

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

  • Frick Winery

    Bill Frick and Judith Gannon started FRICK Winery in 1976 with proceeds from the sale of their 19...

  • Martin Family Vineyards - Truett Hurst

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 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


  • I haven't touched any of mine as yet EMark.Tonight I broke into the ... ... California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (4/14/2017)No slouch here, but that doesn't surprise me. Color starting to brick, nose is all strawberry jam and cinnamon. Great round texture, red licorice, brambly spice and a touch of heat once to room temp but overall in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    PnPed. Musty nose. May blow off in a few minutes. Red fruit on entrysome raspberry, but, as much as anything, thing not very tart cranberry, if such a thing exists. Firm but not obtrusive tannin. I would give a similar description for acid. Far from the most full-bodied Zin. Sure enough. The mustiness on the nose on opening was probably... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    This received some fairly good reviews and scores and it was recommended to me. For me zins should show blackberry, briary, earthy notes with maybe sage,This really is the opposite - red fruits, some dark cherry are up front. The wine is mellow and not the bold zin that I appreciate most. For it's style it's fine - just not my cup of tea or wi... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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