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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

    David Coffaro Estate Vineyard is dedicated to making premium wines at a fair price. We have a lar...

  • Optima Winery

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

  • Martin Family Vineyards - Truett Hurst

    The Martin Family Vineyards and Winery was born from our commitment to family and our love of fin...

  • 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...

  • Passalacqua Winery

    Seeking to create wines which capture the spirit of the region, we combine prized harvests from s...

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  • Michel-Schlumberger Chardonnay la Brume 2010


    Big and oaky Dry Creek chardonnay. Lots of oak and a touch of smoke buried the fruit. The web site says this was aged in neutral french barrels but it's a bit over the top for my palate. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Ridge Red Rhone Blend Dry Creek Valley Syrah/Grenache Lytton Estate 2006


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Unti Vineyards Syrah Dry Creek Valley Benchland 2010


    Big fruit greets the nose, a little jammy and black and framed with notes of cracked pepper and spicy, toasty oak spice. Broad and a bit flat in the mouth though this has plenty of acidity, its just dense and compact . The fruit feels a bit compressed and chunky with sweeter, softer edges that the Syrah normale. It seems more Californian, smoky... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Unti Syrah 2010


    Nice blue fruit with subtle herbal accents greets the nose. Theres a brushy here, a bit of eucalyptus spice. Smooth and polished in the mouth this shows off nice mid palate weight, a little bit chewy with fine fruit tannins supporting nice dry blueberry and raspberry fruit flavors accented with some attractive spice notes that extends over the l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Unti Vineyards Segromigno Dry Creek Valley 2011


    70% Sangiovese, 30% Montepulciano Earthy on the nose showing quite stemmy qualities along with fine asphalty Montepulciano driven aromas that are a bit white peppery and a little savory and meat juicy. With just super balance on the palate this shows of finely ripened fruit tannins and firm underlying acidity. Theres almost some bitterness on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Unti Vineyards Zinfandel 2010


    77% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah 4% Mourvedre, 2% Barbera Smoky and autumnal on the nose featuring lovely nuanced savory depth over a bed of with fresh strawberry and red cherry fruit. This is rather bright and fresh and fairly fruity in the mouth with hints of tar, balsam and a little clover to it. The tannins are very supple here, and the fruit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Unti Vineyards Barbera 2012


    Tight, earthy and a little yeasty on the nose. Packed with bright acids, black fruit and bright floral aromas this coats the palate with gorgeous black raspberry fruit.Rich but clear, long and zesty, with fine grained soft tannins this has such nice cut to the fruit with a mineral spect on the long, palate staining finish. Very perfumed in th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Unti Vineyards Barbera Dry Creek Valley 2011


    This is very perfumed in a savory way, rich with inky, black fruits with green ivy, african violet accents. Bright, broad, and full or transparent black raspberry fruit on the palate. Theres a lovely bit of black cherry skin here, showing off attractive fruit tannins that add a bit of texture in the mouth, making this just a little chewy. Lovel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Unti Dry Creek Valley Rosé 2012


    83% Grenache, 17% Mourvedre Earthy, and lightly spicy on the nose with a fine lemon verbena note, a little gassy even though fresh and a bit dusty mineral as well. Entering the mouth with gentle peach and tarry berry fruit. This is rather dry with a very cool climate feel to it, laced with dusty mineral and lightly peppery spice tones framing fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Unti Cuvée Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2012


    46% Vermentino, 43% Grenache Blanc 11% Picpoul no oak, no malo Clean and fresh on the nose with notes of pear skins, a little orange and some hints of heather and honeycomb. Pretty fruity in the mouth again with lots of pear fruit accented by lightly lemony and tart apple flavors supported by nice cutting acids. This has just a hint of fleshine... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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