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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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  • Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2014


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • They're full of syllables, history and intrigue, and they're fast becoming one of the favorite dark-horse wines of the year.  This past Saturday, The Washington Post reporter Dave McIntyre presented a well-worded defense of the validity of Georgian wines as formidable quaffers for the Western world. His premise was simple and stated in his headl... Read More

    From the article Georgian Wines Grabbing American Headlines

  • Got in (very) late last night, flying from the west to the east coast isn't ... in on Friday and visited the Dark Horse Wine bar, where they were pouring some Medici, Ferraro Cellars and Sineann. One of the more interesting tastes was this 2004 Medici Pinot. We also bought a bottle of the Sineann Gewürztraminer.Saturday we strolled around downt... Read More

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  • We're heading to Portland for our annual visit with our son in July. We ... ... (wine bar)Longplay WineDark Horse Wine BarCliff Creek Tasting RoomPurple Cow Vineyards’ Tasting Room Does anyone have any other must do wineries in or around Newber Read More

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  • This past Friday The Record (Canada) reporter Gord Stimmell waded through the sea of vocabulary which has dominated wine-critic speak for the past few decades, noting a change in the language used to describe wines. The shift, he said, has gone from staid verbiage to lively words.  “When I first turned my part-time hobby horse of wine-loving int... Read More

    From the article The Evolving Language of Wine Critics: From Dry to Sweet

  • Dark Horse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Yesterday, The Guardian reporter Fiona Beckett threw down the corkscrewed gauntlet by claiming that Italian grape Vermentino is a legitimate threat to the long-standing reign of beloved white wine Sauvignon Blanc. “Sauvignon Blanc has had an unbreakable grip on wine drinkers' affections for so long that you wonder what it will take to dislodge i... Read More

    From the article Guardian Says Vermentino a Contender for the Sauv Blanc Throne

  • Dark Horse Red Blend 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of vigorous exercise. So before summer rosés officially take hold, get in on the last gasps of Cabernet. I tasted through forty different Cabernets, all under $16. There are some superb examples here that you’re going to want to try. Cabernet, because of the value inhere... Read More

    From the article Drink Value Cabernet Before It's Too Late

  • Dark Horse Chardonnay 2013


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    Wine review by gmb468

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