Green Valley Wine


The Green Valley AVA is in the west corner of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, in California’s North Coast. Due to its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, it’s prone to dense fog and cool temperatures, but these factors ensure a long growing season with balanced acidity and proper ripening in the grapes. 
Green Valley shares much of its early history with other parts of Sonoma and Russian River. Early plantings began in the mid 1800s with the first settlers, a fruitful period of wine-making into the 20th century, then a near collapse due to Phylloxera, the Prohibition and the Great Depression when most wineries were forced to shut down and pursue other crops. 
Then a period of regrowth finally took hold starting in the 1960s and 70s with wineries established by the Dutton family, Sterling family and Rodney Strong (Iron Horse). 
The region is known for its sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with still wines also 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Green Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


    Not great, but ok for the price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Russian River Valley Rued Vineyard 2010


    Liemon, honeydew, hints of lime, toast and cream. Excellent mouthfeel with nicely balanced acidity. Few of these flavors overlap, instead they occur in a horizontal form, one after the other - quite exquisite. Read More

    Wine review by pboss

  • Iron Horse Vineyards Wedding Cuvée 2009


    Just a fantastic California sparkler. Tight bubbles, somewhat dry on the sides but a bit of residual on the back of the tongue. This is pale pink in color with a bit of yeast on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Sky High Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by cypop

  • Iron Horse Vineyards Brut Ld 2004


    8 years on the yeastRelaxed on the nose which is broad with baked orange, lime, floral, carnations, and a little freshly baked bread. A touch sweet but cleans and fresh on the palate with lovely precision to the high toned and lemony, subtle complexity on the midpalate and gentle tones of raw nuts on the soft finish. elegant and gentle. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Iron Horse Vineyards Wedding Cuvée 2009


    Dark, a bit sour fruited and citrussy on the nose then turning a little sweet and earthy with hints of Asian pear, wild cherry and dried rose petals. A very fine mousse greets the palate along with a hint of dill right up front. Elegant on the palate with lovely herbal shadings to the fruit which is a bit front loaded with fruit then turns nuanc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Iron Horse "Ocean Reserve" Blanc de Blancs 2009


    A very pretty nose with lots of yeasty character, fennel and fruity freshness with some vanilla notes adding some highlights. This is tense, zesty and bright in the mouth with a nice rush of clear white fruits followed by a yeasty midpalate flecked with sweet kiwi and green apple skin flavors. There's really good length here and this turns attra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Rhys Alesia "Green Valley" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006


    Cola, herbs and black fruit greets the nose, this is a bit beefy and Syrah like with a popery edge. Extracted in the mouth with a little sweetness and a little alcohol throwing things out of balance. Seems like the fruit is fading leaving behind alcohol and oak. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • We did some baby killing last night.White starter - 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Compagni Portis Heritage Wine Sonoma Valley - 14.2% abv - A field blend of Gewurtzraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling, Roter Veltliner, Chardonnay and a few others, this wine saw some whole cluster and some de-stemmed fermentations before extended elevage in stainless steel ... Read More

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