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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Thumbprint Cellars

    Hand-crafted, small lot, micro-wines are created using the highest quality grapes from Sonoma Cou...

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

  • Williamson Wines

    Australian-born husband-and-wife team, Dawn and Bill Williamson focus on producing limited quanti...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Stark Wine

    Stark Wine Company is a small-lot producer of Rhone and Mediterranean-inspired wines based in ...

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Montemaggiore Syrah Dry Creek Valley Paolo's Vineyard 2007

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    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

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Mockingbird Hill Reserve Dry Creek Valley Sanoma County Zinfandel 2013

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    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

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    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

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    No written review

    Wine review by runningbear


  • You're on an international watch list for killing them off too young, OT. ... for the clarification about Dry Creek Valley. Can't properly remember the last time I was in that neck of the woods, but it was probably near the beginning of last decade on both clear and overcast days, but no fog. How about the Ukiah vineyard: no fog near i Read More

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  • Actually D, Mounts Vineyard is in Dry Creek Valley. It's a hillside vineyard on the west side up near the Lake Sonoma end of the valley. Right at the fog line.  Read More

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  • Mark, assume you're familiar with foglines in general. Whether you're ... is to the Ukiah (rather than Dry Creek Valley) vineyard Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... in ... -- Carraro Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.4% ABV) 2 X 2011 Alicante Bouschet -- Mendocino County (12.0% ABV) 2 X 2009 Petite Sirah -- Mounts Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.1% ABV) 2 X 2013 Abundance -- Field Blend from 1890 Block, A.J. Duckhorn Vineyard, ... Read More

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