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Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Vineyard was the first new winery to be established in the Dry Creek Valley since the days of Prohibition. When David Stare arrived here in 1972, this grape-growing region of Sonoma County was a case study in neglect. Plainly, the Dry Creek Valley's glory days of winemaking were a thing of the past. Old-timers watched in amazement as newcomer David Stare ripped out the old familiar prune orchard across from the historic Dry Creek Valley store to plant grapevines. The city boy from Boston didn't seem to realize that, over the years, economic reality had already forced scores of wineries to close their doors. Only three producers—Pedroncelli, Frei Brothers, and Fredson–had managed to survive. Locals shook their heads in agreement: David Stare had to be just a little bit crazy to be out there planting grapevines.

Take Highway 101 North through Santa Rosa, Windsor, and Healdsburg to Dry Creek Road. Take Dry Creek Road exit and turn left under 101 (heading West). Travel 3.1 miles to Lambert Bridge Road (stop sign at Dry Creek General Store). Turn left on to Lambert Bridge Road. The winery is 1/4 mile on the left-hand side of the road.

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  Beeson Ranch Zinfandel
Hailing from a vineyard well over 100 years old, the 2004 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel defines the concept of terroir in the Dry Creek Valley. This rich, elegant wine displays aromas of cardamom and white pepper that are unique to this vineyard. On the palate are elegant flavors of black cherry, vanilla, and plum. The finish is silky and smooth with supple tannins that bring harmony and balance to this one-of-a-kind wine.
  Cabernet Sauvignon
At first swirl, this wine presents a dark ruby color accompanied by purple hues and a sense of texture in the glass. Aromas of black cherry and plum along with vanilla and black pepper come forward with additional time. On the palate, the flavors are complex and balanced with deep blackberry, coffee, and cedar along with more subtle notes of dark chocolate. This finish brings all of this together with supple tannins and a long, lingering aftertaste.
  Chardonnay Russian River Valley
The 2005 Russian River Chardonnay begins with abundant aromas of peach, apricot, pear, and toasted almonds. More complex aromas of spice and hazelnut are revealed after several minutes in the glass. On the palate, crisp acidity from our cool weather vineyards strike an excellent balance with subtle oak nuances. The finish is long and lingering with additional vanilla and cream elements that add even more finesse and elegance to this beautiful wine.
  Dry Chenin Blanc
Vibrant aromas of orange blossom, lemon zest, ripe pear and pineapple burst out of the glass. Flavors of green apple, candied citrus, lemon, lime and grapefruit dance across the palate as nearly all the citrus fruits are delivered in a single sip. Balanced acidity is the key to this wine. Served chilled, it’s excellent as both an aperitif or food wine, notably with oysters, summer salad, or Asian inspired cuisine.
  Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon
Endeavour embodies the best that Dry Creek Vineyard has to offer in Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of black cherries, currants and dried raspberries mingle with nuances of clove, bramble and peat. Explosive extracts of dark chocolate and juicy berries shine within a matrix of dusty and full-bodied tannins. The balanced structure of the wine, completed by its well-integrated oak, promises excellent potential for extended bottle aging.
  Estate Fumé Blanc DCV3
Dry Creek Vineyard was the first winery to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley. Known as DCV3 (Dry Creek Vineyard #3), thirty-three vintages of Sauvignon Blanc have come from this special vineyard. At first swirl, focused aromas of grass, Meyer lemon, grapefruit and jalapeños rise from the glass. On the palate, the wine displays a brilliant spicy character with plenty of palate cleansing citrus and herbaceous qualities. The finish is laser-like, with sharp, focused flavors. Precisely balanced, this Sauvignon Blanc will develop beautifully over the next 3 to 5 years.
  Fumé Blanc
Our Fumé Blanc’s quintessential varietal character has made it a benchmark wine in California and a flagship at our winery for over 3 decades. This vintage displays a wonderful bouquet of zesty citrus, grapefruit and lemongrass. On the palate, the lemon-lime flavors and peppery spice notes echo the aromas, creating a sense of depth and balance. The crisp finish incorporates hints of gooseberry and a touch of minerality. A perfect wine for just about any occasion, this Fumé Blanc pairs well with fresh oysters, grilled chicken or fish, or even pasta in a light cream sauce.
  Heritage Zinfandel
The 2006 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel begins with a deep and inky purple-red color. At first swirl, up front fruit aromas of wild blackberry and plum are evident along with more subtle layers of white pepper and cardamom spice. On the palate, the flavors are rich and concentrated with additional blackberry characters that mingle with chocolate, allspice, and vanilla. The tannins are firm and supple, creating a balanced mouthfeel that seems to linger on and on. This is an elegant, sophisticated, and polished Zinfandel that displays Sonoma County fruit at its very best.
  Late Harvest Zinfandel
This is a delicious way to enjoy Zinfandel. With rich aromas and flavors and a lush mouth-feel, this Late Harvest Zinfandel conjures up ripe raspberry and strawberry notes and a hint of spice and mint. It’s a perfect wine for the end of the evening with aged cheeses or dark chocolate. Enjoy!
The 2003 Meritage is our first vintage incorporating Malbec into the blend. The addition of this varietal adds additional layers of depth and complexity to this stylish and elegant wine. The aromas begin with ripe black cherry and finish with vanilla and a hint of mocha. On the palate, bright currant and plum flavors lead to cedar and tobacco notes. This wine is seamless and well-integrated from beginning to end and should age and develop beautifully for several years to come.
This beautiful Dry Creek Valley Merlot begins with ripe blackberry and currant aromas with a trace of vanilla. On the palate, a broad and expansive tapestry of ?avors reveals black cherry, cassis, and dark chocolate, layered with chewy tannins. The ?nish remains textured and rich, but has a softer edge that expresses tremendous length and balance. For most folks, Merlot is “persona non-grata,” however, don’t overlook this gem – this truly is a Merlot for Cabernet lovers!
  Old Vines Zinfandel
This Old Vine Zinfandel is comprised of five unique vineyards from the Dry Creek Valley. The average age of these properties is more than 80 years old, which contribute a special flavor profile that is difficult to describe. At first swirl, the 2005 vintage displays a spicy, lush black fruit character that leaps from the glass. On the palate, classic briary and raspberry flavors appear with layers of white pepper and cardamom adding a spicy complexity. The finish displays additional spice with smoky vanilla from the French oak, leading to a long and satisfying aftertaste. Delicious to the very last drop!
  Regatta Red
The 2004 Regatta Red is a wonderful, easy drinking everyday red wine. Comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah, this wine opens with rich aromas of cherry, dark raspberry and plum. On the palate, the wine has good texture and acidity with just the right amount of tannin. Balance is a key component of this wine as the varietals come together to create an elegant and harmonious ?nish. Regatta Red is the perfect wine for outdoor grilling or as an easy end of the day sipper.
  Regatta White
At first swirl, citrus, melon, and pear show up in the aroma. They are soon married with scents of toast and vanilla creating another layer of fragrance. On the palate, flavors of grapefruit and honeysuckle from the Sauvignon Blanc show through while crème and lemon from the Chardonnay and Viognier add depth and balance. This easy drinking wine pairs beautifully with white fish or pasta in a light crème sauce.
  Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine exhibits a deep ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, cassis and a touch of herbs and spice develop in the glass. Full-bodied with a wonderfully textured mouthfeel and flavors of blackberry and cassis abound in this elegantly structured wine. A lingering finish softens nicely with a touch of clove, tobacco and vanilla. This Cabernet Sauvignon will gracefully age for ten to 15 years.
  Saralee's Vineyard Chardonnay
At first swirl, this Chardonnay has a luscious, almost creamy aroma. The bouquet incorporates scents of creme bruleé, apple custard, pear, and vanilla cream. On the palate, the flavors expand with wonderful depth and richness. Flavors of baked apple and melon with a hint of brown sugar give the wine an added layer of complexity. Balance is a key to this Chardonnay, as the new French oak is not overwhelming but is well integrated. The finish is long and lingering with repeating flavors all adding up to immediately wanting to take another sip.
  Soleil Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
This proprietary blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, two white noble Bordeaux varieties, displays a brilliant honeyed/golden color making it immediately appealing. Inviting aromas of vanilla, rose petal, honey and apricot leap from the glass and provide an exciting preview for the palate. Richly textured and delicate at the same time, this delicious wine displays a wonderful Asian spice character, which balances out the sweet apricot and vanilla. Serve this wine well chilled and enjoy it as an after-dinner complement, or with a fruit dessert such as peach pie and vanilla ice cream.
  Somers Ranch Zinfandel
Somers Ranch is an exceptional vineyard located in the eastern hills of the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, aromas of boysenberry, cherry, and pepper provide an exciting preview for the flavors that follow. On the palate, the fruit is succulent and rich, without being overpowering. The tannins are smooth and integrated and develop further with more time in the glass. This wine displays impeccable balance and structure for a young Zinfandel and should continue to develop for the next five years.
  Taylor's Vineyard Musqué
The Taylor's Vineyard Sauvignon Musqué displays a depth of character not often found in Sauvignon Blanc. Stone fruit aromas such as melon and Asian pears are evident along with a strong sense of minerality and texture. On the palate, these unique characteristics combine to fool one into thinking barrel fermentation is evident. However, 100% stain-less steel fermentation was used in making this wine. The finish has excellent balance and acidity making it a very food friendly wine.
  The Mariner
The Mariner exudes exotic aromas of wild cherry, blackberry, and dried roses. After several more minutes in the glass, additional dark fruit characters are revealed. This is a multidimensional wine that is both compelling and provocative. On the palate, the fruit is rich and succulent with bright cherry, dark chocolate, and cassis flavors that intermingle with seamless, well integrated tannins. The finish displays flavors that are harmonious and repeat the theme of balance and finesse–a wine that truly begs for another sip.


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