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Historic Dry Creek Valley

Dry Creek Valley is an American Viticulture Area (AVA) located in Sonoma County, whose story and history rides in tandem with the history of California viticulture and winemaking. Although Dry Creek Valley was officially recognized as an AVA in 1983, farmers have been growing grapes and making wine in the Dry Creek Valley for over 140 years.

Throughout its history, the AVA has earned a reputation of being a world-class Zinfandel region. However, within the region, there is a large amount of geographic diversity that has allowed a multitude of grape varieties to thrive. The valley itself is three different growing settings: the valley floor, the benches, and a series of rolling hillsides.

In addition to the topographic diversity, the AVA is located 20 miles inland of the Pacific Ocean and borders the Russian River to the south and Lake Sonoma to the North. As a result of these borders, Dry Creek experiences a large diurnal shift between the daytime highs and the evening lows creating ideal growing conditions for grapes ranging from Riesling to Cabernet Sauvignon and almost everything in between.

Our Cabernet Franc was sourced from a vineyard that was located at the southern end of Dry Creek Valley. The vines themselves were approximately 33 years old age and dry farmed. This combination caused lower yields in the vineyard that enabled an increased concentration in the flavor of the fruit. Sadly, since then, the vines have been removed due to disease issues arising.

 

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