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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of 1000's) from just one place.  All of are age worthy, most drink well early, some drink better after a year or but all sit well for anywhere from 7-8 to 15-20. Here it is, by the way I went with a $25 - $50 range - I know you spent $75 on bottle you weren't sure about - but DMCKER... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • Imagery Estate Winery Dragonleaf Red 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... Bennett Valley Gap alongside Sonoma Mountain (a climatic profile similar to that of Joe Swan’s domain, the Forestville area of the Russian River Valley) is superb for growing Zinfandel, a tradition we’ve maintained with old-school, head-pruned viticulture. Once a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Once & Future Wines - The...


  • Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot Sonoma Mountain 2011

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    Nicely herbal notes of basil and eucalyptus with dusty earth aromas and ripe raspberry and cherry. Medium bodied and zesty on the palate, this has a pleasant ripe cherry and raspberry character throughout, carrying through the herbal notes from the nose to the palate and rounding them out with excellent balance and a touch of cream and vanilla. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • In 2003 Mrs. EMark had some sort of event at the CIA, and she brought Mr. Emark along.  What to do in Napa Valley while the wage earner is attending seminars all day?  I know.  I'll go wine tasting.So, the lady at the B&B recommends a couple wineries to drop by and fixes me up with an appointment at Pride. I had a lot of fun, that day, but I am ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

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    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


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