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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Plaza Winery Syrah Horse Heaven Hills 2007

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    2007 Syrah: From horse heaven hills, this is a rich and full bodied wine with big berry flavors, including raspberry and dark currants. Aged in 50% French oak for seventeen months; an enjoyable balance of fruit and acidity. Read More

    Wine review by plazawine


  • Truett-Hurst Grenache Blend Mendocino County Gps Dark Horse 2007

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    - Tasted at Total Wine 3/6/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • While I remain enamored with the great wines of California’s past, I am on the fence in regards to what can be called their more modern style first embraced in the very early 1980s. The wines from the 1960s and 1970s were often made by winemakers operating in the field, basing their actions on the accumulated wisdom of the generations that had c... Read More

    From the article 1991 California Cabernet Retrosepctive tasting


  • Dark Horse Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Scharf Family Vineyard 2006

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    True to the winemaker's description, this wine is big. The nose is ripe cherry, but this Cabernet is hot. It's 14.4% abv is apparent in the bouquet. The high alcohol content doesn't throw off the balance on the palette, though. This cab is powerful and its has incredible tannins. There is a suggestion of blackberry, but it is fleeting. There is ... Read More

    Wine review by InsertCredit


  • What wine/s pair well with lamb??? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lamb


  • Mcgavick Nanstad Winery Merlot Columbia Valley Aldercreek Vineyard 2004

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    I've tasted this wine at the Bistro in Allyn, WA. and have obtained a couple bottles from the winery out in Grapeview. This is really a rare find...one of the best Merlots I've come upon. The grapes are from Aldercreek vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. I beleive block 11. Dark color, full body, smooth finish, the nose is fantastic. I'd compare... Read More

    Wine review by julz78


  • I am curious as to how much wine the typical wine lover consumes a week, if I have a glass or two a night should I be signing up for AA?!http://www.spectrumartandjewelry.com/images/wine350.jpg! Read More

    Forum post in the topic How much do you drink?


  • Simon Hoggart reviewed Roger Scruton's book I Drink Therefore I am: A Philospher's Guide in The Spectator (not WS). He had this to say: "How do you use words to evoke a flavour, an aroma, an evanescent scent? Do you simply say 'this is delicious, you should try it'? Or do you try to find the words? Sometimes the effect can be banal and even hila... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Using Words to Evoke Flavour


  • I always was under the impression that non-vintage champagne and other sparklers have to be drunk shortly after release and usually never keep them more then a few months. Now a friend of mine claimed that he ages non-vintage champagne for about 5 years, as they would develop a "nuttier" and less fruity taste. So is there any advantage in aging ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How long to keep non-vintage...


  • My last email had me in Montepulciano, enjoying the wine, and the view. It really is a wonderful view, high above the rolling fog with other hilltop villages in the distance. Enchanting. Unfortunately the time comes when one must leave Montepulciano on high, and continue on one’s way. Which in my case lead to additional wineries, and a drive thr... Read More

    From the article Italy in Nine Parts- Umbria and Montefalco


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