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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Balletto Vineyards & Winery

    2001 was the first vintage for our winery. As grape growers first, we strongly feel that with ...

  • Athair Wines

    In keeping with our Irish heritage and strong family traditions, we chose the name ATHAIR, the Ga...

  • Carlisle Winery

    Welcome to Carlisle Winery & Vineyards! We are a small Sonoma County winery specializing in the ...

  • Frei Brothers Reserve

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

  • Rutz Cellars

    2004 Rutz Cellars Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($45) Owner Keith Rutz seeks outst...

  • Mara

    Welcome to our website, which, like us, is devoted to the passion for wine. You will discover our...

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  • Holdredge Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2007

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    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Russian Hill Estate Winery Russian River Valley Viognier 2013

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    Decent Viognier from Russian River. Some nice floral and honeysuckle on the nose. More of the same on the palate as well as some creamy lemon pith, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by 357808vin0vin0 357808 vin0vin0


  • Q8 Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2011

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    A Lot 18 quarterly selection and Lot 18 produced Chardonnay. Opens with citrus and spice and hint of oak. Medium Oak, and more fruit and spice. Nicely balanced fruit and oak with medium to low acidity. Can't quite figure the strong and predominate finish a interesting combination of herbs and spice, but pretty darn good nevertheless. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Block 509 Russian River Pinot Noir 2013

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    We liked it. Ez drinkin. Really liked it at first. Impressive for California. Read More

    Wine review by thecitymouse


  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2012

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    Fairly dark purple color. Big Zinfandelly noseblackberries, woods. Slides very easily over the tongue. Not nearly as fruity as the aromas forecasted. There are hits of blackberry and prune, but very sedate. Firm, not obvious, tannins. Nice acidity makes for good drinkability. Wonderful balance. No alcohol heat at all. Something of a c... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parallus Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection, also available on Lot 18. A big, buttery, oaky Chardonnay, but only just so. Opens with a blast, but then becomes more subtle with caramel, toffee, chestnut/hazelnut, ripe peach and apricot and very nice acidity that cuts away and balances the toffee/oak. Big and silky in the mouth, with long finish of vanill... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Picket Fence Pinot Noir 2013

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    Great fruit Flavors with a smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • River Road Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Reserve Selection 2009

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    Fantastic for the price! Very smooth with strawberry notes. Wish it opened up more, was expecting fruitier tones. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • Grafter Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2012

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    Another Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; here are the tasting notes from Tasting Room - 'Inviting wild strawberry, red raspberry and black cherry are immediately apparent upon opening. The fruit is bright and focused and the pallet mimics the nose with inviting notes of cola and spice. Silky, refined and velvety describes the texture and the hi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2012

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    Big oaky bouquet, herevanilla, caramel. Dainty fruit on the front of the tongue, accelerating towards the backtropical fruits (melon, banana, mango) and some tree fruit (peach). Good refreshing acid that almost suggest citrus thankfully defeats the oakiness that I detected on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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