Sonoma Mountain Wine

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Sonoma Mountain is a subregion of Sonoma Valley in California. The region has different microclimates, with cooler Pacific Ocean air circulating through the canyons and consistently warm areas that are more exposed. Most vineyards are planted high above sea level, out of the way of fog. Depending on location, grapes produced vary from cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon to robust Cabernet and Zinfandel. 

The region gained AVA status in 1985, mainly due to the efforts of Laurel Glen Winery’s Patrick Campbell and vintner David Steiner. ~Amanda Schuster
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Greg, don't even read this!Yesterday I hosted a pinot noir event.  It was a blind tasting of three BC and one California.  Talk about getting out of the box.  For me this is tantamount to cross-dressing.  It started because Chester introduced me to the Kettle Valley "Hayman" reserve Pinot last year.  I really liked it, so when I found one (83 ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown


  • Michael, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I hope you become a regular, here and, particularly, hope that you come back and report on your impending trip.In all honesty, I do not recall seeing anybody report on a comprehensive tour package such as you are suggesting.  I hope I'm wrong and somebody does jump in here.  Most of the reports I have read ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bespoke Wine Tour Napa/Sonoma


  • Aline.  Do not hesitate.  Send that PM to OT.  Mike Smith's wines are outstanding, and not ones that you are going to easily find at your local retail store.  Time spent with him will be a memorable highlight for you and your friends.Quite spendy, but Auberge du Soleil has a very panoramic view of Napa Valley.  It looks like they have a bar/bist... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Napa and Sonoma -...


  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in Costa Mesa--a store with a very excellent inventory of wines.  I might have surprised Jon a bit when I declined to do any shopping.  There have been numerous hits to my credit cards, lately, and I thought that I should tone it down a bit.Well, that lasted until today.I'd bee... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Jim Olsen and Tom Shula Pickberry Merlot 2013

    Snoothrank:

    A Naked Wines selection and one of the better ones at that. Opens with plum and elderberry jam, deepens more with sweet fudge and roasted chiles, cherry preserves, and rhubarb. Very Soft tannins and low acidity. Finishes with a medium long finish of spices, herbs, and black pepper. An interesting and complex little number continuing to open up i... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I picked up a shipment from Pangloss Cellars today at UPS.  Sandra ordered three of their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) and three of their 2012 Pinot Noir (93 Points, Anderson Valley) wines a while back.  History of this winery:  "Pangloss creates limited release wines focused on the traditional Bordeaux varietals as well as on Pinot N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Imagery Estate Winery Dragonsleaf Syrah Sonoma Mountain 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty purple color in the glass. Fairly fruity noselots of berriesbut, also, some wood hints. Subdued fruit flavors on the tongueblueberry, red plum. Think not quite ripe fruit, but not sour, either. The wine seems to have a silky mouthfeel that is quite pleasant. An easy wine to drink. I like it. However, if youre looking for a sop... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Russian River and Napa...


  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are more-than-well-drinkable cab blends for less than $25, just not that many from CA or even WA.Go here for five pages of cab blends between $10 and $25 from as good an online vendor as you are likely to find (I prefer them *greatly* to Total): K&L Wines. I'll cull through a few of t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I attended a wonderful wine tasting event.  For $40 per couple, we joined Nice Legs, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Crystal City, and the Crystal City Wine Shop for a tasting of more than 45 different wines poured by winemakers, winery representatives and importers.  Here are those fol... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


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