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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Wilson Winery

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

    Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's D...

  • Thumbprint Cellars

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

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Optima Winery

    Optima began as a dream producing just 400 cases in 1984,now, the winery is continuing their trad...

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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


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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


  • Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2011

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    Slightly sweet, smooth finish, fruit forward but not quite "jammy". $20 on the street. Read More

    Wine review by ptharvey


  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

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  • Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California 2009

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    A great, inexpensive wine to accompany dinner. Medium body and with a smooth finish. It has a subtle spice and berry finish. Read More

    Wine review by TateHouston


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    This one lands very comfortably on the tongue before detecting flavors of red raspberry and stone fruit mid-palate. Surprisingly light on tannin. (?) However, strong acid tartness is detected in the rear palate. I have a few more bottles of this and look forward to see how it changes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    More red than blue purple color. Fairly fruity on entry but not the raspberry thing that I often get from DCV Zinsor Zin-heavy blends. More like stewed fruitsplum, apricot. Very mellow tannin. Mild acid. Another easy-to-drink wine, but not particularly complex. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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