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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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Valley View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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

  • Nicholson Vineyards

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

  • Sonoma Valley Portworks

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

  • Haywood Estate Winery

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

  • Ravenswood Winery

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

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

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

  • 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

  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2014


    Warm and heady aromas of blackberry and black currant. Smooth and juicy on the palate with notes of dark black currant and black cherry, this does a good job of showcasing the fruit, presenting a fresh palate through to a creamy finish with medium firm tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • J Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2016


    Cool fruit aromas of banana and apricot, creamy vanilla, green apple and light floral perfume. Green apple and cream on the palate on entry with a soft mid palate of melon, light lemon and pear, oak spice, baked apple and crumb cake, finishing a bit bitter with toasted coconut and more oak. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2015


    Bold black fruit aromas of blackberry and black currant with a dark, full earth palate of tar and forest floor. This is lively and fruity on the palate, quite surprising with a mixture of red and black fruit, bold spice and thick tannins, soft texture with floral notes around the edges and sweet oak spice. Easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gary Farrell Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015


    Light floral cherry and raspberry notes with hints of fruit candy and dark oak spice, plum skin and fresh herb. Bold mixed berry, cherry and red currant palate with thick streaks of earthy tar and oak spice and warm mellow heat underlying the fruit, this sings on the palate with a good blend of refreshing fruit, fresh acidity and earthen charact... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016


    Elegant and layered floral aromas of red currant and ripe black cherry with soft perfume and strong baking spice notes. Juicy and firm on the palate with a lively palate of fresh acidity, good earthiness, a tingling of herb and bold smoky notes alongside hints of tar and black pepper. The mid palate starts with a burst of cherry fruit that conti... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015


    Lemon curd and peach blossom aromas with aromas of fresh grapefruit and apple. Gorgeous, tart fruit notes of grapefruit and fresh lemon, puckering acidity and wooded oak notes, floral honeysuckle, light citrus zest and herb and a finish of apple, pear and melon. Fantastic complexity and depth but with a lightness that keeps the palate clean.93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Peter Paul Russian River Bacigalupi Chardonnay 2015


    Fairly oaky wine is introduced by caramel flavor, but then there is bright tropical fruit--kiwi, pineapple. The pineapple tells you that it is supported by refreshing acid, but, then the the acid seems more lemon pithy. A pretty good wine. Not light-bodied, but a refreshing summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2015


    Dusty earth and candied aromas of plum, grape and cherry, a touch floral as well. Cherry and cranberry fruit on the palate, tart and tannic with smoky tree roots and thick earth towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage Sonoma Valley 2013


    Thick texture on the tongue, with slight flavor of unsweet dried dark fruit. Some slate. Still observable tannins. I am enjoying this wine, tonight, but the tannin and acid suggest to me that others need not rush into this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé 2004


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    Wine review by omarxo009

  • 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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