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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Well if I was on either the right or left coasts in the US during the coming month, I know where I'd be at least part of the time. NapaGirl, note the interesting new (for me, anyway) cab franc ACME's introducing. Finally, who knows how the formatting on this is going to appear.... NYC:La Paulee de New YorkLa Paulée Returns to New York February 1... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fête of many good things...


  • With the arrival of fall, it’s always fun to take a look at some of the heartier reds that have been hibernating through the warmer months. I get to taste a lot of wine, but I always look forward to the chances I get to taste Syrah. To me, Syrah is sort of the Riesling of red grapes: remarkably expressive of site. Syrah -- unlike some other, mor... Read More

    From the article Syrah Tasting Notes - December 2010


  • Well, Napagirl, here's either an excuse to look for a babysitter, or another couple delicious opportunities you will have missed... ;-) Two can't miss events: Coho and...Just the kind of way we like to finish off a fun and successful run of our in-store Pulse Tastings: with our talented friends and neighbors who make smoking wines. We have two... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Another great tasting in...


  • Hello there!The topic says it all. I´ve tried some good wines from the 2007 vintage, but nothing as amazing as the vineyards are talking. If you have tried anyone, please share your experience!! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Who tried a REALLY GOOD 2007...


  • Hi all!!!  I want to buy four bottles of red that are not blends.  I want a cab that is a classic cab.  One that really pops in mind when you think of what a classic one is.  I need the same for Merlot, Pinot and Syrah.  I am going to perform my own blind tasting experiment to really nail down the nuances of each and differences between them.Oh ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Suggestions for my wine...


  • The unfortunate thing, is that I seem to have lost some of my notes.  I suppose that happens with wine consumption. Anyway, we began the day with a drive through St. Helena up the mountain to Pride Mountain Vineyards, as my friend had arranged another tasting for us.  We were greeted with a small pour of the chardonnay and once our group was com... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Trip- Day 2- 4/19/10


  • Panther Creek Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Winemaker's Cuvée 2006

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    Dark, brooding red with a nose of sweet strawberry with some tobacco and leather - but not the sweaty, horse-harness leather we love to hate in these New World wines. Good depth and meat upon entry with chocolate cream and strawberries dominating the flavor profile. Very well structured and balanced with ability to age an additional 4-5 years.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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


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