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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • 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


  • Macrostie is what I'd be interested in. Haven't had a bad wine from them yet. They do several from Wildcat Mountain. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Event in Sonoma that might...


  • OT does it again.  His recommendations are as good as gold.  Peggy and I visited the Enkidu tasting room in Kenwood.  What sublime wines.  I bought a Syrah rose, a couple Sonoma Valley zins, a couple RRV syrahs  and a Moon Mountain cab under a new label (Anu).  I brought one of the zins to dinner with some east coast friends, and they were very ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 30th Anniversary Edition 2006

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    I believe we opened this one too early, yet the wine was still dynamic and well balanced. This particular vintage was from the year my Wife and I met, so it was fitting to share the magnificence of the wine's beauty. We will definitely acquire another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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