Dry Creek Valley produces the best expressions of California Zinfandels
Dry Creek valley is an American viticultural area located in Northern Sonoma County, approximately 70 miles north of San Francisco. The valley is formed by Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River, and is approximately 16 miles (25.7 km) long and 2 miles (3.2 km) wide. The appellation greatly benefits from close proximity to the Lake Sonoma reservoir, used for irrigation in this relatively dry area.
At the turn of the 20th century, Dry Creek Valley was one of California’s most prominent producers of Zinfandel. However, during Prohibition, the valley was converted to plum, pear, and prune trees, and the fruit was processed by the largest dried fruit plant in the world, Sunsweet Growers. With the resurgence of wine grape production in the 1970s, Dry Creek Valley boasts nearly 2,400 acres of old vine zinfandel, and has become one of the state’s top Zinfandel producers.
Dry Creek Valley Zins are the best expressions of California Zinfandels. Silky and packed with unparalleled sophistication, these wines feature berry-driven fruit accented by classic Dry Creek Valley baking spices and more subtle, dried fruit notes.
BLEND: Zinfandel (95%), Petite Sirah (5%)
AGING: 22 months in French (95%) and American Oak (5%) – 50% new
AVA:Dry Creek Valley is a magnificent long, narrow valley that has diverse soils, varying elevations, wind, rainfall and sun exposure which create unique, expressive wines. This old-vine Zin is supplemented with a small portion of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from Mendocino County.