Russian River Valley Wine

The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the influx of Russian immigrants who, between 1812 and 1841, settled along the Sonoma coast, establishing agricultural businesses including the planting of wine grapes. Beginning at Fort Ross they moved up to Sebastopol, Graton and Freestone, eventually settling in what would become Russian River Valley.

Most of the Russian settlers abandoned the area by 1841, but other settlers had already migrated there and continued to support viticultural plantings. By the 1870s, the wine industry began to take hold and companies such as the Santa Rosa Wine Company, Martini and Prati, Korbel Cellars and Foppiano established longstanding wineries. 
 
The Prohibition was a devastating blow to the region, but there were some survival techniques employed by certain wineries to get around the problem. The Alicante-Bouchet grape from Europe, know for its unique teinturier (naturally dark, heavily pigmented juice without Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Russian River Valley

  • Green Valley

      The Green Valley AVA is in the west corner of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, in Calif...

Popular Wineries in Russian River Valley View all

  • Frei Brothers Reserve

      Frei Brothers Reserve is a winery based in Sonoma, California. The grapes are sourced from...

  • Ovene Winery

    Ovene Winery produces World Class Central Coast Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvig...

  • Topolos

    The softly undulating hills of the famed Russian River Valley, caressed by cool blankets of fog a...

  • C. Donatiello Winery

    A visit to our estate is a retreat from the mundane, a respite of beauty, harmony, and excellence...

  • Rochioli Vineyard & Winery

    With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the re...

  • Lynmar Winery

    Lynmar Estate is a premium producer of estate-grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonn...

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • Carlisle Russian River Valley Zinfandel Old Vines 2014

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    Red fruit on entryred plumwith a violet-like flowery component. A lot of bramble reminiscent of 1970s-80s zins. Some very serious tannins, which, my guess will take some time to calm down. That, along with good acid content, suggests that I should have listened to common wisdom about Carlisles and let it lay on its side for several more years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley 2014

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    Fresh ripe cherries, star anise, clove and blueberries on the nose. Clean and fresh on the palate, round and full with bright cherry fruit, a bit of heat and a finish of licorice and soft earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martinelli Syrah Terra Felice 2011

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    Pretty garnet color in the glass. A medium-bodied red wine. It enters without much shouting, but then I detect a lot of red fruitcherry, raspberry. As the wine passes back the fruitiness diminishes to a neutral earthiness and, then I notice tannin and spiciness. A fairly short finish, but not unsatisfying. I paid $17 for this wine, and, so,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Terlato Vineyards Chardonnay 2014

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    oaky sweetness mixed with lemon and minerals. great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Limerick Lane Block Zinfandel 2012

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    Noticeable alcohol on the nose, and its been open for about 20 minutes. Tip-of-the-tongue fruit is quite sedate. There is blackberry and, maybe, dried fruitraisins, prunesbut the fruitiness in nice, not obnoxious. A nice, robust, full-bodied Zinfandel. Stout, but, again, not obnoxious tannin. Could, probably, be an excellent candidate for ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2014

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    Fresh candied cherry and strawberry aromas with sweet baking spice and violet petals on the nose. A bit spicy on entry, this is cool and soft on the palate showing more cherry and strawberry fruit and adding some cranberry, a bit medicinal through the mid palate and nicely earthy and streaked with a hint of tarry minerality towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Following a nice massage in the morning, we spent Friday afternoon doing some ... ... Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley, which paired nicely with a dozen oysters and then our main courses of swordfish for myself, and raw big-eyed tuna for Sandra.  The After dinner drinks consisted of a Hennessy VSOP for Sandra and I enjoyed a nice ... Read More

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  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman Vineyard 2014

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    Perfect pinot for me. Very dark and velvety with a beautiful finish. Bold yet smooth with exquisitely well balanced flavors. Closer to a cabernet than any traditional pinot. Read More

    Wine review by sld1991


  • Hook & Ladder Station Ten 2012

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


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