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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Merriam Vineyards

    Why Bordeaux varieties? While honeymooning in France, Peter and Diana Merriam fell in love with t...

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

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

  • Fritz Underground Winery

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

  • Wine Guerrilla

    Wine Guerrilla is a hero to those who seek wines of unabashed uniqueness and character. Wherever...

  • Montemaggiore

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

  • Provisor Syrah


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  • Old World Winery Petite Sirah Mounts Bench Vineyard 2009


    Murky color. Something of a mushroomy or forest floor nose. Initial taste sensation is tartness. A little spiciness. Very light red berry flavor. Seems one-dimensional. Not terribly full-bodied. Quite light on tannin. AN OK but not an aspirational wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • This is a report I adapted from my recap on WB. Unfortunately a few guests fell ill in the days prior and had to bow out. Missed you Richard! All in all it was a fun evening with some interesting wines. Plenty of left overs to start the next incarnation. Weather was rain in the AM and we feared having to host indoors but the skies cleared around... Read More

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  • Lambert Bridge Winery Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Montemaggiore Syrah Dry Creek Valley Paolo's Vineyard 2007


    I opened a 2007. It was velvet with a touch of sweetness. Perfection!. As a wine enthusiast for over 30, this syrah is 5 stars. Impressive! Read More

    Wine review by ckdemarco

  • Zichichi Family Vineyards Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2013


    Very deep purple color. Surprisingly red-fruited on entry. I get a fair amount of red raspberry. This is followed by a somewhat bitter earthiness. Then some stiff tannin kicks in which gives it a lot of masculinity. The slight bitterness may be an offshoot of the tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Well we're still doing triple digits on the Fahrenheit scale here in the ... ... while driving around the Dry Creek valley over a year ago.  This is their "Old Vine Estate" Zinfandel--not to be confused with their "Estate" Zinfandel.  They are able to keep track of which blocks are "Old Vines" and which ones are newly planted.This is a pretty ... Read More

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  • Mockingbird Hill Reserve Dry Creek Valley Sanoma County Zinfandel 2013


    A nice spicy Zinfandel with a peppery, blackberry flavor up front and a smooth finish with a hint of minerality. A nice vale in a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by whiteyhp

  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2005


    Big berry nose. Sure enough, blackberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, a silky smoothness that makes check the label. Is this Zinfandel? Yep, 77% with some Petite Sirah and some Carignane. Not the big brambly, woody blackfruited Zinfandel, but a sophisticated integration of berry flavor, resolved tannins and supporting acid. Wow. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by runningbear

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