Dry Creek Valley Wine

The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Napa side is warmer, more suited to varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, while the Sonoma side is cooler, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thrive. 
 
The history of wine-making in Carneros dates back to the 1840s, when California was still under Mexican control and General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who was also the Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, secured a land grant to settle and cultivate Rincon de los Carneros and surrounding territories. This section was managed by his son-in-law, Jacob P. Leese. Grape cultivation began with Leese and as the US gained control over California, more settlers became attracted to the fertile land in Sonoma and Napa Valleys and planted their own vineyards. By the 1870s, William H. Winter purchased 1,200 acres from Leese and cultivated what became the area’s first commercial vineyard, Winter Winery. 
 
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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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

    You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating th...

  • Merriam Vineyards

    Why Bordeaux varieties? While honeymooning in France, Peter and Diana Merriam fell in love with t...

  • Pena Ridge

    Peña Ridge partners John and Jim Piccetti's father planted our first vineyard in 1982 at 400 abov...

  • Forchini Vineyards and Winery

    Forchini Vineyards & Winery has been growing premium wine grapes in Sonoma County since 1971. Th...

  • Mounts Family Winery

    Quality through sacrifice is our priority at Mounts Vineyards. With this philosophy of excellence...

  • Mauritson Family Winery

    With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout ...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Jolie-Laide Grenache Provisor Vineyard 2017

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty translucent garnet color. Modestly fruity nose. On the tongue, a light hit of tart red berry--cherry, red raspberry--but, again, a light hit. This wine is quite tart, To me, that makes it quite refreshing, but another taster may judge it as acid imbalance. Quite light bodied. Something, probably, again, acid, is causing a "rough... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    I'm going to be a bit kinder to this wine than I was a year and a half ago. I am still getting bright red fruit--raspberry, plum, and I am still surprised at the relative lack of tannin. However, it has rounded out to a nice, mouth-filling wine. I am wondering if this is a stylistic change at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Once & Future Frank's Block Teldeshchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

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    A very satisfying wine. Red berries--raspberry, cherry--on the tip of the tongue but, also, stone fruit--plum. A mid-palate suggestion of anise. Nice refreshing acid, but not to the point of tartness, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • My take from Carlisle was not quite as prodigious as v v's.These are all ... all ... Lane RRV ZinfandelDry Creek Valley ZinfandelSonoma County Zinfandel ( X 2 Read More

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  • Looks like Morgan and Chris have been busy Bedrock babies, here's what came ... Lorenzo's Heritage Wine Dry Creek Valley4X  2017 Montecillo Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District2X  2017 Nervo Ranch Heritage Wine Geyserville2X  2017 Schmeidt Road Zinfandel Lodi2X  2017 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County1X  2017 Under the... Read More

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  • OK Darren you asked so here's the full list:2014 Cakebread Cellars Rubaiyat2015 Le Relais du Roi Châteauneuf-du-Pape2011 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Extra Dry (1.5L)2013 Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson ValleyNV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley2016 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Rosé Belleruche2017 Scherrer Winery Dry Rosé (x3)2014 ... Read More

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  • Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Dark maroon with black currant and oak nose. High tannic, full body wine, high acid with blackberry notes. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Candied cranberry and plum aromas with a fresh floral note and hints of licorice. Dry and earthy on the palate with blackberry and black currant fruit, strong tannins and cola notes, good acidity but the main driver here is the earth throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Dusty earth and candied aromas of plum, grape and cherry, a touch floral as well. Cherry and cranberry fruit on the palate, tart and tannic with smoky tree roots and thick earth towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fritz Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Funk aroma, sulfur, I assume, that seems to take longer than normal to fade. Quite fruitycherry, stone fruit. Could use some minerality or woodiness or something to beat down the fruit. Fairly mellow tannin. Reasonably good acid. Fruit imbalance prevents me from really liking this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek is one of the most beautiful valleys in Sonoma county and has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines too. In particular, Pezzi King, Wilson, Rued, Sbragia, Seghesio, Hobo and many others make amazing wines. The Dry Creek store is a great place to stop for a sandwich to pair with your Zin, and the Ferrari-Cerano winery is like a Mediterrane...

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