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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  • 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

  • Forchini Vineyards and Winery

    Forchini Vineyards & Winery has been growing premium wine grapes in Sonoma County since 1971. Th...

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

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

  • Pena Ridge

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

  • A. Rafanelli

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

  • Mauritson Family Winery

    With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout ...

  • Christopher Cameron

    Our family takes care of every step from vineyard to bottle, including grape growing, winemaking,...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Frick Winery Cinsault Dry Creek Valley 2008

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    had 2011 very good - at girl and fig Read More

    Wine review by amicheli


  • Vintjs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012

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    A fairly simple and straightforward wine. Heavily fruited on entry, but not enough to make me think sweet. Very modest on the tannin and acid components. Probably, a reasonably good cheap picnic wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Everett Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Estate 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by erickafilm


  • Rock Wall Petite Sirah Jack's 2011

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    Opened this '11 Rock Wall Petite Sirah three nights ago. Petite my arse, loads of dark fruit but also big gritty tannins, so I'm letting it sit in time out for a while in hopes of it starting to behave.Two days later this tooth stainer has calmed down a bit. Big structurally with mouth coating fresh black and dark red fruit but the tannins have ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    I swear that Mauritsons is more like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc than any other California version I have ever had. I like the wine. From the first whiff you can detect tons of citrus aroma. On the tongue that is translated to grapefruitstrong grapefruit. All the acid tartness makes it an amazingly refreshing wine. I just thought, though,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia?  I do not have many links to Canada, and ... being a Zinfandel threat to Dry Creek Valley.The research continues.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2006

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    Not a lot of fruit on entry to the mouthtypical LS blackberry notes, but not in your face. Fairly light-bodied for a red (let alone a Ridge LS), but an enjoyable wine to drink. There is still acid backbone, here, but tannins are, pretty much, gone. This one is pretty smooth until I get a slight taste of alcohol at the very back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Big berry-filled nosealso, some earthiness. Quite pleasant on entry to the mouthsome blackberry flavor but not as big as aroma suggested. A little resinous wood. Some dusty earth. Not the most full-bodied Zin Ive ever had, but an easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sidney Frank Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley the Sidney 2004

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    Powerful zin. Not for the faint of heart, this zin packs a whollop at 16.2% alcohol! Raspberries and black cherries on the nose and lingering dark chocolate and cherries on the palate. Nice legs, hansome bottle. 2004 is right at it's limit, so look for cellared bottles but expect dry and sugared corks. Push down slightly to release stuck cork an... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Truett-Hurst Grenache Blend Mendocino County Gps Dark Horse 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


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