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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Blanc

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

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • When we think of Tuscan wine it’s so easy to get distracted by thoughts of Brunello and Chianti, then move on to the Super Tuscans, totally glossing over many great wines. The greatest mistake many people make is to ignore Montepulciano, or rather the wines of Montepulciano: Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano. Let me rephrase that just a lit... Read More

    From the article Italy in Nine Parts: Montepulciano


  • Dark Horse Zinfanel Treborce Vineyard 2007

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    Simply an awesome Zin. Old School the way Dry Creek Zin is supposed to be made. Big bowl of cherries. Read More

    Wine review by bobthemd


  • Dark Horse Zinfanel Treborce Vineyard 2007

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    This is one of the best zins I have ever had. Big and beautiful Read More

    Wine review by bobthemd


  • I just wrote a novel on a wine I found recently called Treasure Hunter. I don't think it posted so here's the short version.I recently found a wine called Treasure Hunter. They find little lots of wines that usually sell for a lot more. I love the good stuff. Caymus Special Select is my fav, but I can't afford it anymore.I was in Ohio of all ... Read More

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  • Hi guys, Surfing around I found this great wine site. As a latina, born in Chile, I would say I got carmenere running in my veins, hehe, but I do enjoy wines from all over the world. When I studied in California I remember tasting fabulous wines and living close to the Mediterranean does have advantages. Anyhow, I didn't find many comments about... Read More

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  • Now I know a bunch of you are thinking..."this guy is a real rube." My wife and I went out to dinner tonight. It has been a difficult week for both of us, for reasons I refuse to discuss. I know in the scheme of things PF Chang's is what I would describe as rising just above mediocrity. Being located in Toledo, I of course ordered the Mongol... Read More

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  • Posted on behalf of a user. c9dp isnt my specialist area, so thought I'd turn it over to the wiser and larger crowd:ThanksPJ~~~~~~Do you have any recommendations for a Chateauneuf-du-pape? We love fully structured, complex wines. This one sounds up my alley, but also one that most would probably feel strongly about...positively or negatively. I ... Read More

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  • I recently visited two wineries on a trip through Kentucky and into Indiana. Over the weekend my wife and I stayed at a nice B and B in the Ohio River Valley in Southern Indiana. We stayed at the Leavenworth Inn which is on a bluff overlooking a horseshoe bend in the Ohio River. This is a very nicely restored Inn originally built in the 1850'... Read More

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