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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Parmelee Hill Wines & Vineyards

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

  • Nicholson Vineyards

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

  • Little Family Vineyards

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

  • Jus Soli Winery

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

  • Sonoma Valley Portworks

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

  • 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

  • Sojourn Russian River Pinot Noir 2015

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    Bright red color. Cherry on the tongue--more black than red--and, maybe, plum. Some salinity, mid-palate. Medium-bodied. Good tartness. An OK wine, but, again, not aspirational. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Russian River Valley Syrah Papa's Block 2014

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    Red Plum color. Dark fruit on the nose. Blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Nice tartness. Moderate tannin. Some heat. Fairly lengthy aftertaste with an herbal suggestion Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Enkidu Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2014

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    Very nice blackberry fruit on the tip of the tongue, but, also, some very serious stoniness--to the point of distraction. Then, I get the spiciness--a kind of cinnamony thing. Far from your "textbook" Zinfandel. Enjoyable, though. Not great, enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • These just arrived:L - 2015 St. Francis Merlot Reserve Sonoma CountyLM - 2016 Yalumba Eden Valley ViognierRM - 2016 Banfi Chianti ClassicoR - 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Read More

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  • Marietta Cellars Angeli Estate Grown Zinfandel 2015

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    Very attractive dark color. Fruity nose with a touch of alcohol. Lots of berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. I find this to be a nice medium-for-a-red bodied wine. While it is not a blockbuster, it is not shy. Moderate tannins and acid. I found some notes on the '13 vintage of this wine in which I was not particularly impressed. I am mo... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Dark maroon with black currant and oak nose. High tannic, full body wine, high acid with blackberry notes. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Enjoyed Dec 25/18Beginnings of tawny coloration happening with background colors of Earthy rust & black currant, and overall it is somewhat murky. Aromas are a medley of big time alcohol initially, huge peppery spice, old leather strap, Earthy soils and a fruity mineral that helps round things out. On the palate, there is a boozy tinge that st... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • You are quite right; I neither lost nor gained as the virtual reality was not actualized.  But had I actualized, well...I think the experience with paper financial holdings can translate into fun - if you take - as with anything in life - the proper attitude.  For example, the 350 dollar cost of the event you described in some detail would be we... Read More

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  • Bedrock Wine Co.Bedrock Heritage 2015

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    Nice fruit on entry--plum, berry. A slight bitterness that is a tad distracting. Noticeable acid--I like acid, so this is not disturbing to me, but other tasters may not care for it, Moderate tannin--in line with my expectations. I find this to be an enjoyable wine, Drinkable now, but I won't rush to my last bottle. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... ... The Bedrock Heritage Red Sonoma Valley  (x2)2017 Esola Zinfandel Amador County  (x2)2017 Evangelho Heritage Red Contra Costa County  (x2)2017 Judge Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley  (x2)2017 Old Vine Zinfandel California  (x5)2017 Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Rieslin... Read More

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  • 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...

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