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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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Nicholson Vineyards

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

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

    Our passion is to create individual handcrafted wines from some of California's finest vineyards....

  • Ravenswood Winery

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

  • Haywood Estate Winery

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

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Haywood Estate Primitivo 2009

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. A real slick mouthful. Dark red Garnet. Opens with loads and loads of spice, Pepper, and raw Clove; then full Concord Grape, Oak, and a 'rustic' Cherry; off to Pine and Thyme and Tomato leaf. Smooth, silky, dense, luscious mouthful. Loads more over-ripe Black Fruit, and spice and Cedar. Long finish of spice... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my previous post about the Keenan and that CF.First, yes, it is a very good wine.Several people here, know that I am a Keenan cheerleader.  I confess that I am a member of their club.  So, twice a year they send me a four-bottle package.  Keenan is, mostly, a red wine producer, b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Nose is almost acridseems really acidic. Some tart grapefruit on entry, then, some tropical fruitbananaor melon. Some grassiness. Yes, there is quite tart acid. That, of course, makes for a refreshing wine. Certainly, easy to drink, but, equally certain, not a particularly sophisticated wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2014

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    Tangy red fruit nose. Yes, red fruitcherry, plum, raspberry, take your pickon the tongue. Lots of acid and a fair amount of tannin around the edges and the rear of the tongue. A bit of vegetative green on the rear palate. More sideways on this wine will do no harm, and may, actually, be relevatory. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Bedrock Zinfandel 2014

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    Murky purple color. Lots of earthiness or woodiness on the nose. Nice level of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. The earthiness appears mid-palate. The major characteristic of this wine, though is tannin. Tannin along with firm acid makes me think that this wine is an excellent candidate for multiple years of aging. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Canyon Road Cabernet Usa Red 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by GoldenRudy


  • J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Premier NV

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    Lemon, pear and green apple fruit aromas with soft biscuit notes and a touch of cream. Pleasant mousse in the mouth with honeyed apple and tart pear notes with more lemon and grapefruit notes blossoming towards the finish that lingers for quite a while with notes of pineapple and vanilla cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Jemrose Foggy Knoll Vineyard Grenache 2010

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    Fairly dark purple in the glass. Fruit/berry heavy on the nose. Really not over-the-top fruit on entrysome blackberry, some suggestion of lemon in the background. Certainly not fruity sweet. Sufficient acid to give it a good backbone. Im not normally a Grenache guy, but I like this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2013

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    Reddish purple color. Bright nose of stone fruit. Sure enough, serious ripe red plum flavor on the tip of the tongue. Some hint of bitter spiceclove-like. However, that may be the tannin. This is, pretty much, a tannic beast. However, it also has nice tart acid. I am seriously liking this wine, right now. However, the tannin and acid com... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome Seahawk.Boy, Liberty School is a name from the past.  My recollection (may or may not be correct) is that Liberty School was a second label for a fairly well-know, and well-respected, Napa Valley winery.  It may have been Caymus.  Whoever it was sold the brand years (probably, more like decades) ago.Lately, I have my own favorite low-dol... Read More

    Forum post in the topic JUST AN INTRODUCTION


  • 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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