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Sonoma Valley Wine

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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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Popular wines made in Sonoma Valley under $20

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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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Parmelee Hill Wines & Vineyards

    Steve Hill and his wife Gwen Parmelee Hill purchased the first parcel of their Parmelee-Hill Vine...

  • Haywood Estate Winery

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

  • Jus Soli Winery

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

  • 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

  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Ripe cherry and cinnamon warmly reach out of the glass in this fruit forward and floral Pinot. Floral and smooth on the palate, with touches of cinnamon and clove, light red currant and cherry flavors, hints of herbs and a touch of licorice. The long finish is herbal and lightly oaked for a pleasant memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hook and Ladder Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2011

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    First impression is blueberry pie. Some very nice acidity and red and black cherry coming through on the back end. Not overly complex but definitely a nice mid-week drinker. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Good berry aromas. Not surprisingly, those blackberry flavors are easily detected on the tongue. Also some acidic black plum flavor. Then there is some earthiness or even close to a metallic hint mid-palate. Fortunately, that fades quickly. Seriously tannic. A big mouth-filling Zin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Murphy-Goode Poker Knight Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2012

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    Full and ripe blackberry, blueberry and black cherry aromas on the nose with a touch of powdered sugar and moist earth. Blackberry, toast and vanilla flavors lead the way with molasses, forest floor, dark chocolate and leather. The tannins are strong but well integrated with the fruit. An age worthy wine but very easy to drink now and quite smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Single Deck Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012

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    Powerfully aromatic nose of candied raspberry, blackberry and black cherry. A bit restrained in the mouth, with tight, gripping tannins out ahead of the fruit, which shows nicely on the mid palate of blackberry, black currant, leather, espresso beans, and a touch of tar. This is a powerful Cabernet and for lovers of this style of wine it's a rea... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Terra A Lago 2012

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    This is inviting and cool on the nose with soft aromas of crushed violets, blackberries and ripe plums. In the mouth it's quite boisterous and full of fresh acidity, dark chocolate and blackberries and black currants. This is a bold wine that is not afraid to show a good bit of structure and acidity along with the fruit, making it a great candid... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Big juicy bunches of blackberry and black cherry on the nose with a bit of an herbal note to it as well. In the mouth, gripping tannins hit immediately and don't let go, almost but not quite masking the blackberry and black cherry fruit with a finish of dark chocolate and coffee. It's possible this will continue to soften over time, so it may be... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc Helena Bench Vineyard 2013

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    Grassy peach and marmalade aromas are light and feathery on the delicate nose of this wine. In the mouth, tart acidity matches perfectly with a mineral, saline touch of flint and candied orange peel with lemon notes and a lightly creamy finish of herb butter. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley 2013

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    Tropical banana and mango aromas flanked by peach and lemon notes and a pleasant minerality. Bursts with acidity on the attack, leading to some perceived sweetness but finishes tart and lemony with puckering acidity and a whisp of peach and apricot on the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Duncan - That's great to hear.  I do hope to enjoy it.  Today I picked up eighteen...yes eighteen bottles of wine from UPS.  It was our spring shipment from Medlock Ames out in Alexander Valley (Sonoma County), CA.  There are several wines here - a 2012 Merlot, a 2012 Right Bank Blend, a 2013 Chardonnay, a 2013 Pinot Noir, and a 2010 Cabernet Sa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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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