Bordeaux in the Dry Creek Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Dry Creek Valley has contributed significantly to the blends of many well-known Cabernets from Napa and Sonoma. The unique terroir of our region contributes greatly to the flavor profile of Cabernet Sauvignon. The more distinctive aspects of the Dry Creek Valley appellation are:
- The climate is moderately warm and semi arid, providing a long growing season on well-drained and varied types of soil with low fertility.
- There is a textural nuance to the Cabernet Sauvignon—the fruit is focused and substantial without being overpowering.
- The wines are balanced and refined. More Bordeaux-like in structure, body and complexity.
- The iron rich soils of the western hills are thin and rocky creating a stressed environment in which to grow grapes. Many of the vineyards rise from the valley floor to more than 1,000 feet in elevation.
The profile leans to the earthy and dusty side of Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright red fruits, potpourri and dried herbs (like rosemary and lavender) are among the more common aromatics and flavors.