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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Enkidu Wine

    Enkidu produces wines primarily from the varieties grown in the Burgundy and Rhone Valley of Fran...

  • Ovene Winery

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

  • Frei Brothers Reserve

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

  • Maboroshi Vineyard and Wine Estates

    We made up our minds one day to give up our comfortable lifestyle and leave Japan in order to try...

  • Oriel

    “...What if you could walk into any wine store or restaurant and select a wine from any of nine c...

  • Armida Winery

    Hello folks! We purchased controlling interest in Armida Winery from Robert Frugoli in 1994. Wo...

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  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2013


    Large blackberry and dark cherry profile here, dark chocolate, earthiness with big tannins, matching acidity. Here's the catch - there is a sweetish grapey-ness that is highly a port profile. Interesting thought isn't it. 92 points - hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2013


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    Wine review by effell

  • We had a meeting today to finalize (as best we could) the 2017 Northwoods Wine ... meal:The 2013 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley - I was surprised by the profile.  Large blackberry and dark cherry profile, dark chocolate, tannins, earthiness and good acidity - what got me and one other today was that this could be driven into a port styled ... Read More

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  • J Vineyards Brut Rose Russian River Valley NV


    Pleasantly rustic, smoky strawberry and sour cherry aromas with a creamy vanilla note and light toast. The palate is full bodied, zesty and decadent with cherry, strawberry and ripe watermelon notes, a buoyant acidity and lively texture with a bit of grapefruit zest and vanilla frosting on the finish adding some depth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley Mancini Ranch 2011


    Quite tart. Red fruit. Maybe, OK, I know its not red, blueberry. There is sweetness to the berry flavor, but it is not too serious. There also seems to be some spicinessnot pepper or anything like that, but, more, a suggestion of cinnamon or cuminOK, maybe its a texture thing more than a tastelike these powdered spices have been dissolved in ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Battaglini Estate Wines Zinfandel Russian River Valley Twin Pines Vineyards 2004


    Fruity nose, but with noticeable alcohol. A LOT of red fruitraspberry, cherry, stone fruit--on entry. Then you are smacked by alcoholhot and bitter. I bought this bottle at an Italian deli a couple weeks ago. It has probably been laying on the shelf there for 5 or 6 years. So, it is entirely possible that the compromised storage has forced t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Limerick Lane 1023 2014


    Bright, tart red fruitcherryon entry. Interestingly, enough, the tartness almost suggests citrus, and, going really crazy, orange as much as anything. Some woodiness mid-palate. Medium-bodied. Not much tannin to speak of. A fun, easy-to-drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Rodney Strong Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016


    Pleasant watermelon and cherry aromas are quite juicy and inviting. This has a fresh tingling acidity and a zesty spice on the palate, playful and clean with excellent fruit notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry leading up to a bit of an earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Stephen, we opened up this Yarra Valley pinot tonight. This has loads of ripe black and red cherry, vibrant acidity and a fairly long and clean finish.  Not as much dark fruit as a typical Russian River pinot but a bit heavier body than your normal Willamette Valley offering.  Drinking quite nicely at a very reasonable price point of around $20. Read More

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  • White Oak Chardonnay 2014


    Another one from Lunch at Bravo's. Thin gold in the glass. Opens with Gravel, Pear, Kiwi, Smoke, and Ash. The Gravel, Earth, and Ash carry over to the Palate with underripe Peach, Honey, and Butter. Initially tight, medium acidity, then opens up very quickly in the Glass and becomes a medium oaked Chardonnay - quite pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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