Sonoma County Green Valley Wine

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The Green Valley AVA is in the west corner of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, in California’s North Coast. Due to its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, it’s prone to dense fog and cool temperatures, but these factors ensure a long growing season with balanced acidity and proper ripening in the grapes. 
 
Green Valley shares much of its early history with other parts of Sonoma and Russian River. Early plantings began in the mid 1800s with the first settlers, a fruitful period of wine-making into the 20th century, then a near collapse due to Phylloxera, the Prohibition and the Great Depression when most wineries were forced to shut down and pursue other crops. 
 
Then a period of regrowth finally took hold starting in the 1960s and 70s with wineries established by the Dutton family, Sterling family and Rodney Strong (Iron Horse). 
 
The region is known for its sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with still wines also Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Looking at some notebooks the next 2 flights were '07 Vintage.'07 Agharta Black Label 98%Syrah 2%Viognier 100% Oak - This wine had extended elevage , something like 30 months, and the oak was just way too overpowering. The fruit was great and I think with a lighter oak treatment this could have been a real winner. Extended elevage is the Agharta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Dumol Pinot Noir Green Valley Ryan 2005

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • From the "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then" file come my tasting notes from a LIOCO Lunch I was invited to today at Healdsburg SHED. Being a local has its advantages. You just have to take them when they come around.   I arrived at the Café and was promptly greeted by Hollie Schulze and Jennifer Derrick, both formerly of Copain. Wh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No I'm not trying to rub it in.


  • Green Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Not great, but ok for the price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Russian River Valley Rued Vineyard 2010

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    Liemon, honeydew, hints of lime, toast and cream. Excellent mouthfeel with nicely balanced acidity. Few of these flavors overlap, instead they occur in a horizontal form, one after the other - quite exquisite. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Iron Horse Vineyards Wedding Cuvée 2009

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    Just a fantastic California sparkler. Tight bubbles, somewhat dry on the sides but a bit of residual on the back of the tongue. This is pale pink in color with a bit of yeast on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Sky High Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge 2007

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    Wine review by cypop


  • Iron Horse Brut X 2009

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    74% PinotSocks, chestnut, chalk, brioche, chunky sugar, and lean, steely, white Asian pear fruits all come together on the wonderfully aromatic nose. Steely on entry with an initial burst of lemon pith that quickly turns creamy in the mouth and leads to a tense, perfumed midpalate filled with subtle red fruits and a texture that is firm, tense ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Iron Horse Vineyards Brut Ld 2004

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    8 years on the yeastRelaxed on the nose which is broad with baked orange, lime, floral, carnations, and a little freshly baked bread. A touch sweet but cleans and fresh on the palate with lovely precision to the high toned and lemony, subtle complexity on the midpalate and gentle tones of raw nuts on the soft finish. elegant and gentle. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Iron Horse Vineyards Pinot Noir Green Valley Estate Rosé de Pinot Noir 2009

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    Same base, a hint of brandy added 10grWith a sweet nuttiness on the nose, then floral aromas and notes of dried peaches, melon and pear all topped with touch of cotton candy makes for a fabulous nose. Love the balance of freshness, sweetness and aged character here. Nuanced, bright, clear and tense in the mouth in a very brisk and clean style t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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