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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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

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....

  • 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...

  • Korbin Kameron

    Korbin Kameron Vineyards is a family endeavor. On a drive through the Sonoma Valley, we – Jenny a...

  • Sonoma Valley Portworks

    Sonoma Valley Portworks is Sonoma County's only winery specializing exclusively in ports, grap...

  • Ravenswood Winery

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

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River 2012


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Dehlinger Pinot Noir Altamont 2013

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    Wine review by alm mtw

  • Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012

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  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2013


    Vanilla cream notes pour off the nose with soft cherry and blackberry, notes of fresh tobacco leaf and clove. This is austere and full bodied, with silky tannins hardening towards the front of the palate and highlighting creamy blackberry and black currant flavors, toast and cedar, and a smoky finish of dark chocolate and blackberry preserve. Ri... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bella Vineyards Zinfandel Lily Hill Estate 2010


    A touch smoky and perhaps burnt rubber on the nose which blows off showing the underlying blackberry fruit. A bit candied on entry, with some cooked fig and prune notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013


    Very perfumed violet, blueberry, cherry and plum aromas on the nose. Tart cherry and spice in the mouth with a touch of licorice and cinnamon spice. It's quite juicy and full of bright flavors, with a tartness towards the finish and just a touch of vanilla and oak flavors.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bootleg Red Blend 2012


    Dark blackberry and baking spice on the nose with interesting notes of dried fig and dried currant. In the mouth this feels full and rich, with more dried fig and dark fruit, some licorice and lots of creamy spice, chewy tannins and a bit of heat on the finish. Bold enough to stand up to a variety of grilled meats and savory dishes, but with som... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Kistler Pinot Noir Russian River 2013


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch 2011


    Very attractive garnet color. Super intro to the palate. Very much in the Zin style that I recall from the 1980s. In addition to the blackberry fruit, I get the impression that they were not too fussy during the crushing process about picking out leaves and stems. I just get the sensation that this is a rustic wine meant for relatively sim... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2013


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    Wine review by yarnanimal

  • 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...

    Comment by 199398Rehoboam152 199398 Rehoboam152

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