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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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • Macmurray Ranch Pinot Noir Winemaker S Block 2008

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    Shared with our wine buddies The Gilmores. Very, very classy and paired well with Mary's close to brilliant stuffed flank steak. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by jasond7


  • B.R. Cohn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010

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    An exemplary expression of the Pinot Noir grape with bright, smiling, red cherry fruits and blood orange slices on the nose and palate. Black cherry licorice with powerful puffs of spice. A perfect 10! Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • B.R. Cohn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010

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    Bright and fruit cherry and cherry cola aromas. Spice, cream and blackberries slide across the palate which is smooth and warm while still having a good dollop of acidity to keep it refreshing. Finish is long and filled of bramble, a bit of oak and earth. Nicely integrated and balanced wine - great with a vegetable sautee for dinner. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    A deep, dark wine that's great for a chilly night. A heaping helping of dark fruits, purple lollipops, and a sweet, vaguely vanilla finish. Great with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Martin Ray Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2013

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    Not bad, not great sauv blanc from russian river. Not a lot going on but there is a touch of creamy lemon and some decent acidity. This is more on the lemon side of flavors, not any of the NZ grapefruit. Overall, decent for the price, would probably buy again for a summer deck or mid-week quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Denier-Handal Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2009

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    A little too young and too fruity for my taste but had this along with a tasting of 2 other wines, trying to choose what to have with my meal, so might have been better than that comparison showed.. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Kenwood Zinfandel Sonoma Valley 2011

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    Interesting on the nose with obvious oak influence that is actually fairly subtle and well integrated into the perfumy, heather tinged cranberry and lingonberry fruit aromas. Easy and supple on entry, this has some fine little brushy tannins and good acidity lending it a rather open yet authentic feel. Its Zinfandel as Zinfandel was. Nothing rem... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marietta Cellars Petite Sirah 2012

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    Sorry, this is the 2010... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by CH2


  • 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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