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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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Nelson Estate

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

  • Jus Soli Winery

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

  • Little Family Vineyards

    A Little dream…became reality for Joan and Rich Little who aspired to live in Sonoma Valley, rais...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • JD: Wha?  I was linking to an Aussie wine, I think Long Shadows is WA.  Anyway, the one I was linking to was 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah.  Here's what Jeb Dunnuck (the other JD) had to say about it at Rhone Report:Rhone Report, The - Rhone Report, The, June 2012Absolutely compelling and a dead ringer for a top Côte-Rôtie, the 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Beringer Vineyards Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc 2010

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    Wine review by Timothy James McNeely


  • Ditto on being biased against Chapoutier, and all the more so if he's working with Terlato, which I consider just marginally NOT a full-on corporate holding company.  Still family owned, but I see a huge emphasis on the distribution and marketing over quality--I haven't like what they have done with their Napa wines at all. I haven't had a ton o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • The Federalist Dueling Pistols Red Blend Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • The Federalist Zinfandel 2008

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Simoneau Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    What a Cabernet! Absolutely delicious. I'm used to drinking Silver Oak Alexander Valley, and Jordan. This has more character and more elegance than anything I've had out of Alexander Valley so far. I'm a huge fan and look forward to seeing what he does in the future. I'm excited I found this winemaker. Read More

    Wine review by allenmadison


  • Paul Hobbs 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2011

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    Wine review by jamlani


  • Ridgeline Cabernet Alexander Valley 2010

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    A good comeback after a very poor 2009 vintage.Duckhorn purchased the Ridgeline Vineyard in Sonoma from Artesa in June of 2012. This wine now has its graped sourced from Napa and not Sonoma. Mark Beringer is continuing the Ridgeline label for Artesa with this recent release. Great color, good nose, and medium weight and tannins. Mostly mid pa... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Scherrer Winery Syrah Calypso Vineyard 2008

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    Another great offering from Scherrer. This is not your big jammy syrah, but a southern Rhone style, slightly spicy, slightly acidic, bright red fruit kind of syrah. Great balance, fantastic red and blue fresh fruit, nice mouth feel, light to medium tannin and a really nice finish. Can't go wrong here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Lytton Estate 2010

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    Something of a sour viney nose. I'm not getting much fruit flavor on the palate at all. Super stark drying sensation, mostly. I may require more air. A bit bitter on the back of the palate. I like the lack of fruitiness, but you have to really like lean wines to enjoy this one. US$27.99 at Packing House Wine Merchants in Claremont. Amendm... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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