Wine Enthusiast 90
"This producer shows its heritage and skill with the variety, blending it with 19% Petite Sirah and 3% Carignan. Clove and gingerbread flavors highlight the spicy palate, which finds companionship in bright cherry and cranberry before unleashing a flurry of black pepper on the finish."-WE
Wilfred Wong 92
"When I tasted the 1973 Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel upon its release in the mid-1970s, I was excited and intrigued. I was a young adult, and this winery was in its second vintage. We were both upstarts. Though the years, I have kept up with what the winery is doing, and they are doing just superbly. The 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel is a masterful wine. TASTING NOTES: Yes indeed, old vines and their charms, this wine has it all as it serves up aromas and flavors of just past brambles and its rich and stately concentration on the palate make is great pairing choice with a juicy, grilled Porterhouse steak. (Tasted: November 4, 2018, San Francisco, CA)."-WW
Connoisseurs' Guide 90
"Echoing its predecessor in most every way, Dry Creek's 2016 Old Vine bottling again inclines to structured sturdiness yet is marginally deeper in continuous fruit and displays exceptional Zinfandel focus throughout its length. It, too, is a wine that promises to age famously, but those who are forgiving of a bit of youthful astringency will find plenty to like even now. That said, we see it gaining with time and expect it to reach a polished, but still-potent peak some three to five years down the line.'-CG
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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, which triggered a viticultural reawakening in northern Sonoma County.
Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, he 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, he 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 land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always looking to push the envelope, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest is history.
Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that overdeliver on quality. For 45 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has led to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter.