Dry Creek Vineyard

The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, Dave personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard Read more »

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  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Raspberry jam, spice (cinnamon?) and sweetness in aroma. Good acidity and some spice in the finish. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Fungal, meaty nose moving to a lot of acidity for a zinfandel. Its fruity, but thats dominated by an earthy, dirty flavor. Surprisingly tart on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Like the city of Pompeii five hundred years after nature had her fit. The terror is no longer palpable, after so much time has passed. When you dig through the ashes, it has so much to teach you about itself, how it used to live and breath, the moments of prayer, the arguments with loved ones, the making and breaking of miniature empires. The... Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Immediately got a bacony greasy vibe from this one, but in the good way. Prickly and fun. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Deux Amis Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Halling Vineyard 2004

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    This zin has a concise and defined nose of sweet dried berries, rich toasted vanilla oak, coffee, and cracked pepper. Melodic layers of concentrated, sweet, candied red fruit include cranberry, cherry, and raspberry unfold on the tongue in a bright, vibrant manner. This wine is a nice change from the typical jammy, dark-fruit offerings that domi... Read More

    Wine review by rwb5150


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2001

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The Collier Falls 2001 Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a lush, deeply flavored wine that models the expressive fruit from the charming Sonoma County region of Dry Creek Valley. This estate wine earned a Gold Medal at the Jerry Mead International Wine Competition, a Gold Medal at the... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    A nice cherry and leathery nose. This wine has good tannins giving it good structure. There's a delicate hint of violets on the finish, with length. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Very well balanced and slightly chewy. This zin is in! (The house.) Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Briny, savory, fungal nose with a bit of fruit laying in wait underneath. Good bit of acidity, dark blackberry flavors, tar, and the fungal hints on the palate as well, but they take the back seat to the fruit. Finish is quite long, warm, with some spice. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • I got a bit behind schedule as we moved on to Zinfandel this past Monday but I didn't have anything to add to this post to get things started.Well I was able to change that yesterday but really only have a few impressions about a Zin or three sampled at the large trade tasting organized by Polaner yesterday here in New York..First of the Outpost... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Post your Zinfandel GTi notes...


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