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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Thumbprint Cellars

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

  • Williamson Wines

    Australian-born husband-and-wife team, Dawn and Bill Williamson focus on producing limited quanti...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Stark Wine

    Stark Wine Company is a small-lot producer of Rhone and Mediterranean-inspired wines based in ...

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

    You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating th...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Actually D, Mounts Vineyard is in Dry Creek Valley. It's a hillside vineyard on the west side up near the Lake Sonoma end of the valley. Right at the fog line.  Read More

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  • Mark, assume you're familiar with foglines in general. Whether you're ... is to the Ukiah (rather than Dry Creek Valley) vineyard Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... in ... -- Carraro Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.4% ABV) 2 X 2011 Alicante Bouschet -- Mendocino County (12.0% ABV) 2 X 2009 Petite Sirah -- Mounts Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.1% ABV) 2 X 2013 Abundance -- Field Blend from 1890 Block, A.J. Duckhorn Vineyard, ... Read More

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  • 1995 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel x21998 Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Zinfandel x21999 Amphora Mounts Vineyard Petite Sirah2002 Joseph Swan Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel x22003 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Bodega Rancho Que Syrah 1.5L Read More

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  • Breaking into my newly obtained stash from Old World Winery: I have no ... the Mounts Bench Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley and 30% Syrah from the Rockin R Ranch in Ukiah Valley.This is a very easy drinking wine.  Obvious fruit up front--I'm saying blueberry as much as anything but towards the back of the palate I'm getting either a cinnamon or c... Read More

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  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Good berry aromas. Not surprisingly, those blackberry flavors are easily detected on the tongue. Also some acidic black plum flavor. Then there is some earthiness or even close to a metallic hint mid-palate. Fortunately, that fades quickly. Seriously tannic. A big mouth-filling Zin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I think RBA will get a kick out of this one. When we were in Cali for the Dry Creek Valley weekend, we got there a day early and one of the wineries we visited was Paradise Ridge. Really nice people and a great tasting experience. We brought this one back with us.It's a white blend (they didn't tell us what) that is light and crisp with zippy ac... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

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  • RBA, obviously you are spoiled by all that French food and wine, which is not a ... ... a long weekend tasting Dry Creek Valley zins, came home and decided to open a Paso zin.  This is a really nice wine from Adelaida with a bunch of black fruit and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose. There's blueberry pie, vanilla, blackberry, very nice acidit... Read More

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  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Estate Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Fairly dark purplemore blue than redcolor. Brambly, blackberry on the nose. Fairly fruity on entryblackberry again, cherry, dried fruit, raisin. Very nice tannin backbone, but could use more acid (or less up-front fruit) which makes this wine is bit flabby to me. ATTENTION SNOOTH this is not the "Old Vines" Zichichi Zinfandel. When I review ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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