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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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Valley View all

  • Haywood Estate Winery

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

  • Nelson Estate

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

  • Nicholson Vineyards

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

  • Ravenswood Winery

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

  • Sonoma Valley Portworks

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

  • Jus Soli Winery

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

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011

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    Deep black fruit, leather, earth and baking spices on the nose. Palate is concentrated with blackberry, black currant, leather, tobacco leaf, ripe black cherry and cedar. Finishes clean and long, but surprisingly light and refreshing. A special bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Valdez Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley U.V. El Diablo Vineyard 2012

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    Very similar to the 2011 but perhaps a bit more honey and a touch of caramel balanced with nice acidity.Here's my review of the 2011 bottle:Fantastic sauvignon blanc from northern Russian River. More Sancerre than New Zealand or Australian. Not so much grapefruit but more lemon peel, green apple, subtle honey and great balance. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Siduri Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Amber Ridge 2007

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    A lot of light shines through the pretty red color in the glass. Very nice nose of red berry fruit. Sure enough initial mouth sensation is red cherry. Some kind of effervescent fizz. I little bitter on the back of the throat. Not a lot of power, here. Good acid, mellow tannin. Medium-bodied wine means light for a red. A good wine. Fair... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012

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    Slightly herbal notes of blackberry and black cherry, with a hint of basil. Flavors are full and round, full of cassis, a bit of leather, loads of well balanced oak and cream and a nice warming heat. Finishes clean and long with a bit of tobacco, leather and cocoa powder. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Crossbarn By Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013

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    This unfined bottling provides a more raw look at Chardonnay, and it doesn't disappoint. Intriguing aromas of peach, melon and lemon. Palate still has a bit of dissolved carbon dioxide, giving a bit of lift to the wine. It's creamy and yeasty, with peach, lemon zest and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tin Barn Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley Gilsson Vineyard 2012

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    Spiky and spicy hot on the nose with mostly black fruit aromas, a hint of oak and licorice. Bright ripe blackberry flavors, warm cherry pie and licorice flavors. Definitely a warm weather zinfandel with a lot of fruit and powerful heat, you'll want to stand this wine up against a big meal of grilled meats. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River 2012

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    Voluptuous cherry aromas open for this wine, with hints of cedar box, tobacco and ripe red fruit. Flavors are deep and pure, full and proud with cherry, tart cranberry, well integrated oak and dark chocolate. Truly a pleasurable experience - worth a repeat visit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection 2012

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    Pale gold color and light aromas of baked apple and pear, hints of caramel and cream. Full and round in the mouth, enveloping and velvety textures with more apple, lemon, pear and fresh acidity. The finish is elegant and hints at an autolytic, yeasty quality that is warmly pleasant at the end of a fantastic bottle. Well crafted wine with all of ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2004

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    Very attractive clear red plum color. Blackberry aroma, but with some volatility. Amazingly smooth on entry. Then some serious red fruitcherry and red raspberry. Not as tannic as most Lyttons. In fact, relatively little tannin. Slight tartness on the back of the palate. This one may be at its peak if it hasnt already passed it, but a wond... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Simi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1997

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    Very much an earthy and oaky nose. On the tongue, it takes a half-second to really taste anything. This wine is, pretty much, bereft of fruit,and I am very OK with that. After those 500 milliseconds pass you realize that this wine has an incredibly soft texture. Then you get the slightest hint of currant but more woody flavors and more earthy... 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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