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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Montemaggiore

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

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

    The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switz...

  • Wilson Winery

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

  • A. Rafanelli

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

    Award winning, family owned artisan winery. Winemaker Nancy Walker crafts beautiful wines that s...

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

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

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  • Moshin Pinot Noir Molinari 2010

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    Just a great Russian River Pinot from Moshin. This is not your sister's pinot, big and ripe but really well balanced. Ripe black cherries, strawberries and blackberries on the nose. On the tongue, more black cherry, leather, a touch of smoke, high but not over the top acidity, fine grain tannin, finish is medium long. Serious QPR here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014

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    Wine review by Horseracer


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014

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    Wine review by Horseracer


  • Sbragia Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... ... County, and, especially, Dry Creek Valley, prejudice is pretty well known.They have two Merlot bottlings:  Carneros and Napa Valley.  Both are blendds from, again, the estate vineyard and a Carneros vineyard.   Year in and year out, I find the Napa Valley bottlin... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    I'm still loving this wine. Light on dark berry fruit. Plum. Good tannin that adds a bitterness, but doesn't dominate. Nice acid. Multiple levels to appreciate. Just a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Esa Pekka Salonen is one of the great musicians of our day.   Have fun.Was ... County--Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian RIver Valley, Sonoma Valle Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    Boy was this good. Dry Creek has mastered zins over the years and Heritage Vineyards has some of the best zin stock ever. Dense, black and brooding this exudes varietal excitement. Blackberry, damson plum, oak, pepper, spice and briary notes lead to a palate that follows the nose well. This leads to a medium to full bodied tannic structure that ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Brazin Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2008

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    Wine review by ardalporto


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