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Just when you’ve finally figured out the criss-cross of Sonoma County’s 12 sub-appellations here is one more. Sonoma Countys' newest appellation, Bennett Valley, is located completely within the North Coast AVA, almost completely within Sonoma Valley, and partially crossing over into the Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Mountain AVAs. A petition for the proposed viticultural area was filed in October of 2001 with Jean Arnold, CEO of Matanzas Creek Winery leading the way. There were no letters of comment received and therefore, effective December 29, 2003, the Bennett Valley AVA went into effect. Bennett Valley is an 8,140 acre viticultural area with 650 acres currently planted to varietals such as Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Barbera, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc. It is surrounded by the Sonoma Mountain Range on three sides and the city of Santa Rosa to the north. Crane Canyon to the southwest is a gap between Sonoma Mountain and Taylor Mountain Read more »

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  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • Baldassari

    This is an exciting new year for our business as this is the first year we are releasing two vine...

  • Frostwatch

    Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery is a small family owned operation committed to making high quality, ...

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  • Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley 2013


    Tropical banana and mango aromas flanked by peach and lemon notes and a pleasant minerality. Bursts with acidity on the attack, leading to some perceived sweetness but finishes tart and lemony with puckering acidity and a whisp of peach and apricot on the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Maclaren Wines Maclaren Syrah Judge Family Vineyard 2009


    Not bad but not great Sonoma (Bennett Valley) syrah. Dark ripe berries on the nose with a hint of tobacco. Lots of ripe blackberry, a bit of earthiness, some cola, ripe black cherry and a touch of cedar on the palate. The acidity is fairly bright but the tannins are a bit short and the finish is of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • We finally got the news that we are approved for our planning permit.  Now ... a visit.  Drove through Bennett Valley, past Jemrose's vineyards and Matanzas Creek (underappreciated maker of, among other things, a really good Sauv Blanc), and headed up to Healdsburg. At Holdredge, picked up three bottles I had ordered, but I think I got the wron... Read More

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  • Jemrose Syrah "Cardiac Hill" Bennett Valley Sonoma 2009


    I'm on Day 2 with this wine. On Day 1 I found it to be angular and lean--almost watery. There were some stone fruit flavors on the tip of the tongue, but the overwhelming mouth sensation was drying tannins and bitterness from mid- ot rear-palate. Today the wine is a bit more round, but, still not much fruit. This wine is pretty highly regard... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I'll double check the schedule, but sounds highly likely.  I can also ... ... examples from Jemrose in Bennett Valley and from the Sierra Foothills.Lucha, I'm really hoping you'll make it, and I hope you will seek out some WA syrah that convinces me.  So far, I haven't had any (limited experience, to be sure) that made a very good impressio Read More

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  • Thanks, OT.  I won't write the poor grape off entirely.  Yes, I ... liked the Westerhold 2007 Bennett Valley Syrah.   So, yeah, both were nice, but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to buy them.I will look for some of your suggestions and give another try.  But although I have liked a few in the past, I just tend to not seek Syrah ou Read More

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  • Yeah D, I got a couple:2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du ... ... Jemrose Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley2008 Jemrose Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley 2008 Kale Wines Syrah Samantha's Vineyard 2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah 2011 Myriad Cellars Syrah 100% Whole Cluster Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard2012 Myriad Cellars Syrah 100% Whole Cluster Suga... Read More

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  • Yesterday we picked up our 2012 Holdredge futures and got the "Most ... Dreams" Pinot Noir - Bennett Valley Steiner Vnyd2013 Dry Creek Schioppettino - MacBryde VnydAnd already bottled2012 "The True"2012 Bucher Vnyd Pinot Noir2012 Russian River Valley2012 Selection Massalle Pinot Noir2012 "Shaken Not Stirred" Pinot Noir2012 "Rolling Thunder"201... Read More

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  • Let's have some fun with this weekend's NFC Championship.  Cite your favorite wine from either Napa or Columbia Valley and, by doing so, reveal your choice for this weekend's 49ers - Seahawks game. Ok, I'll start....Bennett Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006.  49er's by five. Read More

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  • Bennett Lane Maximus 2008


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    Wine review by minocencio

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