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This large, 329,000-acre catch-all AVA includes just about all of Sonoma County, including the smaller AVAs within it, except for its southernmost appellations (Sonoma Valley and Carneros). BATF regulations require ‘estate-bottled’ wines to be produced and bottled in the same viticultural area as the vineyards where the grapes were grown. Thus, this broad and loose AVA boundary is convenient for producers with vineyards scattered through the county who wish to use an AVA designation, rather than the more generic ‘Sonoma County’ appellation. The most notable example of such a producer is, of course, the largest vineyard owner in the county, Gallo of Sonoma. Not surprisingly, they were the main petitioners for the Northern Sonoma AVA. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

Varietals Produced in Northern Sonoma View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Notes, we need notes!Seems like it's been forever since I popped a Bedrock Zin. I was at the local produce market picking up something for dinner and eyed the '12 and '13 Old Vine bottles on the shelf. Couldn't help myself. Two distinctly different profiles, with the '12 yelling drink me now and the '13 needing time to unwind, but both great in ... Read More

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  • Used to be a pretty well regarded "competition."  Both the paper and the competition have sunk, the competition more so because the paper was never better than mediocre.  The Chron lost its chance to be good when the Examiner folded.  Instead of picking up the good staff from the Ex, they fired their best reporters in a cost cutting move and pre... Read More

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  • No mystery I love Syrah and got turned onto it some years ago by a N. Rhone that I had at a restaurant in Sonoma.  But here it goes again, latest estimates for the auction price at HartDavisHart:1983 Côte Rôtie, Côte Brune, Cuvée Reservée, Marius Gentaz-Dervieux (12 bs) $15000-22000Now I grant you that's not exactly DRC or Latour level pricing ... Read More

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  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but we came back with some mighty nice jewels that we discovered along the way.Sunday was our Napa day.  Thanks to another great rec from OT, we found our way to Apsara in Calistoga.  We met with winemaker Robin Akhurst, what a great guy.  A Scot from south of Edinburgh, ... Read More

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  • Opened this Joseph Swan pinot that we purchased on our last trip to Northern Sonoma in anticipation of our heading back there tomorrow.  Just a fantastic Russian River pinot. Loads of bright bing cherry, red cherry, some really nice mid-palate spiceness - all wrapped around mouth tingling acidity and fine grained tannins.  Love it!Looking forwar... Read More

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  • Mainly this sight and cellar tracker. The majority of my other wine related ... if planning a visit to the Northern Sonoma area - and this one's kind of neat for general info on US wineries - Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Knotty Vines Zinfandel Northern Sonoma Sonoma County 2012


    Black fruit and earth are strong on the nose. Blackberry preserves and leather palate with cinnamon and clove spice, a good dose of candied black currant, well integrated oak, bramble fruit and vanilla. Good clean finish is long and simple with powdered sugar and cream to accompany the overriding blackberry flavors on the palate. Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc Northern Sonoma County 2013


    Light lemon and grapefruit aromas. Flavors are clean and fresh with light acidity, grapefruit, peach and melon flavors, cream and orange blossom. This attractive wine is priced very well for the complexity and is drinking perfectly right now. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • We are here in Sonoma , from Northern Virginia. Familiar with most of these vineyards. Sounds like a local imitation of the Paris tasting from the 70's. Could be interesting!  Read More

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  • Last night got a little serious. Started out simply enough with just me and a regional development consultant at a local bistro, catching up while sharing a range of starters along with a house chard and a bottle of Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe nebbiolo--always a reasoned and satisfying choice when there's no intention of getting too serious... Read More

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