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The Sonoma Valley AVA is within Sonoma County, California, between Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast. There are many microclimates within it, with cooler conditions in the south and warmer ones heading north. For this reason, many different styles of wine are produced. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Chardonnay are popular in the cooler south while Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel are popular varietals grown in the warmer north.

Sonoma Valley is divided into the following subregions:

  • Bennett Valley
  • Los Carneros
  • Sonoma Mountain
– Description from Kate Statton

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Valley View all

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

    Our passion is to create individual handcrafted wines from some of California's finest vineyards....

  • Jus Soli Winery

    Tiny wine label produced at Copain in Santa Rosa, CA. Jus Soli is Latin for "Law of the Soil", a...

  • Haywood Estate Winery

    The history of Haywood winery begins in 1973 as Peter Haywood searched for land that would produc...

  • Ravenswood Winery

      No Wimpy Wines. That’s the motto of Ravenswood Winery, a winery that believes that whit...

  • Nicholson Vineyards

    As for many who have the inherent need to coax something magical from the soil, Nicholson Vineyar...

  • Nelson Estate

    David and Holly Nelson got involved in the wine business after purchasing their first 65 acre vin...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... ... The Bedrock Heritage Red Sonoma Valley  (x2)2017 Esola Zinfandel Amador County  (x2)2017 Evangelho Heritage Red Contra Costa County  (x2)2017 Judge Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley  (x2)2017 Old Vine Zinfandel California  (x5)2017 Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Rieslin... Read More

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  • Wilde Farm Cardiac Hill Vineyard Syrah 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Light red fruitcherry, maybe, cranberry. Fairly tart and lean. Relatively light bodied. Very short finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Syrah Grenache Blend 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Unpretentious berry fruit on entryblueberry, blackberry. Slight suggestion of vanilla. After the initial impressions it moves towards savory. Nice full-bodied wine. Sturdy tannins. Acid makes it very drinkable and, along with the tannin, suggests improvement from more sideways resting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Candied cranberry and plum aromas with a fresh floral note and hints of licorice. Dry and earthy on the palate with blackberry and black currant fruit, strong tannins and cola notes, good acidity but the main driver here is the earth throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris Russian River Valley 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Highly floral aromas of light orange blossom and honeysuckle, light melon and apple. Cool fruit notes, honeyed melon, grapefruit and lime with searing acidity and a tart, fresh finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Williams-Selyem Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Vineyard 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Nice, slightly tart, red fruit. Suggestions of wood or bramble, but suggestions, only. Some herbalnessIm getting parsley. Reasonable tannic backbone but, also quite restrained. I am enjoying this wine, but Im glad I am taking it out of storage. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Papera Ranch Heritage Red Russian River Valley 2014

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    Opens with lots of red raspberry fruit. A mouth-filling wine. I find the tannins to be quite sedate. Love the acid level. That gives it a freshness. This is a very enjoyable wine at this point. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mount Peak Winery Rattlesnake Zinfandel Sonoma County 2015

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    Concentrated plum and berry aromas with some floral notes, clay, cream and a flutter of red fruit creeping in. Warm berry compote and generous black fruit flavors on the palate with tart acidity and sour cherry flavors, full palate and bright spice towards the fiery finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Warm and heady aromas of blackberry and black currant. Smooth and juicy on the palate with notes of dark black currant and black cherry, this does a good job of showcasing the fruit, presenting a fresh palate through to a creamy finish with medium firm tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • J Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Cool fruit aromas of banana and apricot, creamy vanilla, green apple and light floral perfume. Green apple and cream on the palate on entry with a soft mid palate of melon, light lemon and pear, oak spice, baked apple and crumb cake, finishing a bit bitter with toasted coconut and more oak. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Great to see some write-ups on the Sonoma area, especially Dry Creek and Russian River. The limited offerings of Rochioli Vineyards are superior (and priced accordingly). Also, I think the wines of De Loach pale in comparison to when they were produced under the original owner/founder. I don't find that 'bigger (as in Corporate International Own...

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