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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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

  • Forchini Vineyards and Winery

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

  • McCray Ridge

    Visiting Stan and Julie Simpson at their mountain vineyard, one senses that they are on top of th...

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

  • Thumbprint Cellars

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

  • Montemaggiore

    We were captivated by the genuine quality of life in Montemaggiore, a small moutain village in so...

  • Fritz Underground Winery

    Fritz Underground Winery is unlike any place you've ever visited. A visionary wonder built ahead ...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 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

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  • Renwood Zinfandel Premier Old Vine Zin 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Frei Brothers Merlot 2010

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard the Mariner 2010

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    Very nice Dry Creek bordeaux blend. Fairly tight at the moment but anticipating this will open up with some air time. Loads of dark fruit, ripe plum, raisin, a touch of smoke, medium to fine but not too grippy tannin and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Yesterday we picked up our 2012 Holdredge futures and got the "Most Favored Nation Status" treatment from John Holdredge. Tasting through 7 barrel samples of 2013s2013 Russian river Valley Pinot Noir2013 "The True" Pinot Noir - Annapolis2013 "Mazie Rose" Pinot Noir - Laguna de Santa Rosa Bench2013 "The Judgement Tree" Pinot Noir - Rochioli Sweet... Read More

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  • Mazzocco Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2010

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    wonderful Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Renard Primitivo Unti Vineyards Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    More red than purple in the glass. Fairly volatile nose with hints of spice. Quite fruity on initial taste--raspberry, maybe some peach, maybe some prune. There is detectable sweetness although it is just a hint. A fairly easy to drink wine. I think though that it would accompany fruit (e.g., apple) and cheese more than a traditional entree... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Somers Ranch 2009

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    The first few moments the wine had a sharpness, yet after another few moments the wine softened with a bit of cherry flavors. Aged two years in my cellar to the day. Read More

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  • I visited their Oakland tasting room a few years back and really enjoyed the ... ... their inaugural 1996 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. For the wine’s label, they chose a playful image featuring a monkey riding on the back of a fish, a metaphor for two unique creatures traveling together on a journey.&quo Read More

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  • Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek 2011

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    Very easy drinking Zinfandel. Lots of tart raspberry and cherry on the tip of the tongue. Some "saltiness" (?) also, but it diminishes. Some mushroomy things. Medium-bodied, light for a Zin. Looking forward to having this with grilled chicken breasts, tonight. US$18.95 at NapaCabs in Chino Hills. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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