Napa/Sonoma Counties Wine

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Napa and Sonoma counties in the North Coast of California are two of the most famous centers of wine in the United States. Wine production in both regions began in the 1800s when European settlers transplanted vines from the homeland. Their stories are similar, with various periods of boom and bust since then, most notably during the Prohibition. From the 1960s on, these regions have seen enormous growth, with diverse winemaking styles from traditional to modern, large scale commercial and small scale boutique, popular jug wines and bank-breaking cult wines, and the rise in significance of organic/sustainable practices. 
 
Though there is a large range in microclimates and topography spread between these regions, one can categorically state that Napa is typically warmer than Sonoma. Napa has hot and dry summers with cool winters. The Pacific Ocean has more of a cooling effect on Sonoma, with foggy valleys toward the coast, getting hotter and drier moving further inland. 

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006

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    A rather nice nose of smoky oak, cola, sweet ham, root beer, apple butter, pomegranate and nuanced light tobacco tones. Bigish in the mouth with really nice acids and a touch of tannin but all in balance with a harmonious mouthfeel and layered ripe cherry, mineral, oak, and cola note that turn lean and transparent on the back end finishing nicel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Schug Pinot Noir Carneros Heritage Reserve 2006

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    Mellow aged red/brown color. Instantly cleared out my nose with its high alcohol content. Very acidic with a subtle dry spiciness on the finish. Not amazed. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Rombauer Napa Valley Merlot 2003

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    This wine is a winner that I can't imaging anyone not enjoying. Great flavor, very drinkable, likely not to be on many "best ever" lists, but for $30 it's very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by hitsnerrors


  • The wines as ranked by the players:12 - 2005 Simi Alexander Valley 13.5% - $ 2011- 2005 Dry Creek Valley Vineyard The Mariner 13.9% $4010 - 2005 Duckhorn Cabernet 14.5% - $759 - 2005 Rodney Strong Reserve Alexander Valley 14.8% $508 - 2006 Toasted Head North Coast Cabernet - 13.5% - $157 - 2004 Simi Reserve Alexander Valley 14.5% - $506 - 200... Read More

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  • La Crema Los Carneros Pinot Gris 2007

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    Great value wine from La Crema. Only available in through their tasting room but worth the effort to get.Colour: Golden almost honey likeAroma: Pear, honeyTaste: Very good acidity, long finish, melon with lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli Mother Clone 86pts2005 Quivira 85pts2006 Holdredge 93ptsFlight 2 Dry Creek Valley Single Vineyards 2006 Dashe Cellars Florence Vineyard 93pts2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch 89pts2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence Vineyard 94ptsFlight 3 100 years and wha... Read More

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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Claret Reserve 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by haonusa


  • By far the most famous appellation in California, and for that matter in the USA is the Napa Valley. Encompassing virtually all of Napa County as well as 14 distinct AVAs (American Viticultural Area), this extensive valley system, about an hours drive north of San Francisco, is home to the cradle of Californias viticultural history. While Caber... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What Were Why - Napa Valley's...


  • Etude Pinot Noir Carneros Napa Valley Signature Series 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by freakdafunk


  • Cuvaison 2002

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    nothing special. not much fruit. past peak? lots of oak Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


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