Dark Horse Wine

+1 (707) 478-9824 P.O. Box 1878
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek has been blazing new trails throughout California for the past two decades. Fresh out of U.C. Davis with a degree in enology in 1983, Mike spent 5 years developing his winemaking style in Paso Robles. From there he headed the winemaking program at Meeker Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. After leaving Meeker, Mike headed up winemaking at Armida Winery. After many successful years making wine Mike decided it was time to let the Dark Horse out of the barn, so to speak. And ever since, he's been hittin' the trails with the Dark Horse. The concept is simple: take small lots of exceptional wine and put it in a package that folks can't help but notice...and have some fun with it along the way! www.darkhorsewine.com PRESS 92 points! Wine Spectator names Dark Horse 2005 Dry Creek Zin, Treborce Vineyard, top-rated California Zinfandel. Featured in BOTH May 2008 and June 30 edition! Dallas Morning News says... "[2005 Treborce Zin] It's a big, juicy mouthful of dark berry and cherry flavors laced with wild herb and pepper notes." James Laube says... "Dark Horse Zin in the Winner's Circle"

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  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Wine review by CabernetFan


  • Dark Horse Big Red Blend Vns

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    My Rating 88: Very full fruity wine. easy to drink but not elegant . Has traces of jug wine. Never the less good overall nose and flavor. Makes it a bargain. Because it is a NV wine is hard to tell when it is good Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • The truth is that I don’t drink very much Cabernet these days, opting instead for other wines that fit my lifestyle a bit better. It’s not that I don’t like Cabernet.In fact I can honestly say that I still love Cabernet, though that love is mostly satisfied by older examples from California and some newer releases from places like South Africa. ... Read More

    From the article Great Cabernet under $25


  • I started this article thinking of pitting Washington State Merlot, arguably the state's most successful varietal wine, against those from California, and to an extent that is what I have done, at multiple price points between $20 and $40. But this exercise turned into something a bit more interesting. It illuminated a few of the basic tenets of... Read More

    From the article Great Merlot from $20-$40


  • I recently was lucky enough to have a day and a half free in California’s wine country and given the timing, it was in fact just last week, I took advantage of my time as appropriately as possible. I went sparkling wine tasting! I am just as bad as the next guy when it comes to sparkling wines. Thinking about them only rarely, and mostly towards... Read More

    From the article Great Domestic Sparklers


  • This is really tough...think it's safe to believe OT and I are correct so far.As for everyone else, I really haven't much but deductive clues.Fox - I like that gift for you, but alas, it wasn't me who sent it. I would guess OT would be up there in the mix, but I could also see how one of the newbies got smart and came up with what seems a great ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2013 for wine....


  • So, do you have your wine planned out yet for the Thanksgiving meal? I'm going a bit off course this year as I am smoking my turkey so I'm probably going to go heavy on Syrah rather than Pinot Noir. But that could change based on input from the guests.First off I'll likely pop a 2010 Copain Baker Ranch Syrah as it shows quite Pinot-like and I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread


  • UPDATED! The reveal has begun.Open your packageShare your gift with the CommunityTake a guess at who sent it to you Players:Lingprof - 2010 Rockpile Ridge CabernetNapagirl68 - 2012 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir JonDerry - 2001 Miguel Merino Rioja Reserva and 2005 Infinito Malbec Foxall - 2010 Ogier Saint-Joseph Outthere - 2011 Holdredge Pinot N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2013 for wine....


  • So I'm a day late, sue me. Wednesday night a few of us got together in Napa for an impromptu offline. Wines that don't suck and  BBQ from Busters in Calistoga. About 12 bottles, 2 of which were cooked/spoiled, but some others I had not tasted before.We started off with a white. 2010 Ziata Sauvignon Blanc. A Karen Cakebread wine of distinction fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight-...


  • With the summer's heat on full blast you might be asking why I’m reviewing red wines instead of something cool, crisp and refreshing, and Cabernets to boot! Well, the truth is that plenty of folks out there enjoy a nice Cabernet this time of year. Think about it, what could be better with a steak off the grill, or better yet a lamb top round, or... Read More

    From the article Cabernet Even in July!


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