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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Mushal Winery & Vineyards

    A 60 acre family owned boutique winery for 38 years, producing award winning exceptional wines wi...

  • Quivira Vineyards & Winery

    Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Val...

  • A. Rafanelli

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

  • Pena Ridge

    Peña Ridge partners John and Jim Piccetti's father planted our first vineyard in 1982 at 400 abov...

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Timothy Olson Syrah Dry Creek Valley Sneak Peek 2012

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2010

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011

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    Chilled then brought to correct temperature. I let the wine breathe for 30 minutes before drinking. Deep cherry red. Smell: Almost salty, blackberry, pepper. Taste: blackberry, smooth, I can taste a little of the alcohol, medium bodied. Finish is dry, taste the tannens, still taste a lot of the blackberry notes. Read More

    Wine review by Maija987


  • Renwood Zinfandel Premier Old Vine Zin 2010

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    Deep ruby in color, intoxicating aroma of dark berries. The taste is incredible full of rich deep flavor of cassis and a bit of spice. The flavor lingers and aftertastes of coffee and a slight floral taste. This is a bold satisfying wine sure to please many Cab, Malbec and other jam packed wine lovers. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • No pic.  Camera is on IR until I do something about the missing battery ... it was made from a blend of Dry Creek Valley fruit and Lodi fruit.  Not nearly as tannic or acidic as a DCV example, noticeable berry fruit, but not jammy like a Lodi example.  Looking forward to polishing off the bottle, tonigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Federalist Dueling Pistols United States California Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley Red 2009

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • The Federalist Zinfandel 2008

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Frick Carignane Mendocino County 2008

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    My 8/8, the groups 8/8 While some participant s in our tasting felt this wine as corked I did not sense any TCA on the nose, finding instead off-putting and assertive aromas of mint, liquid smoke, and harsh raw woodnotes. On the palate there was some fruit on entry, but the mid-palate as stripped and the finish non-existent lending credence to ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Emark's recommendations are spot-on, esp because you are outside the Zin ... yourself to make a trip to Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma and try some of these wines that Emark talks about.  I'd add Bella, Talty, Unti, Gracianna, Carlisle, Williams-Selyem (that last one might be available near you) to my list.  Also Ulises Valdez, Nalle, and Preston... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!- any...


  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel ... ... I lean towards Zins from Dry Creek Valley, the Rockpile Area, and Alexander Valley.  However, on this board you will we have fans of Zins from Paso Robles, Sonoma Valley, Sierra Foothills and Napa Valley.  They all have their merit, and I can see how each one of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!- any...


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