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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Mockingbird Hill Reserve Dry Creek Valley Sanoma County Zinfandel 2013

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    A nice spicy Zinfandel with a peppery, blackberry flavor up front and a smooth finish with a hint of minerality. A nice vale in a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by whiteyhp


  • La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir 2013

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    Warm and light on its feet, this opens with baking spice and ripe cherry aromas, cinnamon and some black pepper spice to complement the fruit. In the mouth, it's creamy and silky, with elegant dark cherry fruit around the edges of a round fullness showing some cocoa and licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • In 2003 Mrs. EMark had some sort of event at the CIA, and she brought Mr. Emark along.  What to do in Napa Valley while the wage earner is attending seminars all day?  I know.  I'll go wine tasting.So, the lady at the B&B recommends a couple wineries to drop by and fixes me up with an appointment at Pride. I had a lot of fun, that day, but I am ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2005

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    Big berry nose. Sure enough, blackberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, a silky smoothness that makes check the label. Is this Zinfandel? Yep, 77% with some Petite Sirah and some Carignane. Not the big brambly, woody blackfruited Zinfandel, but a sophisticated integration of berry flavor, resolved tannins and supporting acid. Wow. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Weibel Family Gh Green Hungarian NV

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    I experenced this wine in the 70's paired with a swedish meal of pork and it was amazing. I was shocked when Weibel stopped making it and the winery moved from my home town. Crisp, light, sweet, it is truly delicious. Read More

    Wine review by RhonnaM


  • Copied and pasted from Cellartracker: 1983 Hacienda Del Rio Zinfandel Leno Martinelli Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (8/8/2015) Celebrating a special day with good friends and family. This wine is from the first commercial vintage of who are now Williams-Selyem with the iconic label. I had my fingers crossed when... Read More

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  • Kendall-Jackson Merlot Bennett Valley Highland Estates Taylor Peak 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by sbooker


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by runningbear


  • De Loach Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California Heritage Reserve 2013

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • La Crema Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013

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    Green citrus and oatmeal on the nose with a touch of spiced green apple and lemon peel. Milk chocolate dipped peaches and apples fan across the palate. The finish creeps back toward the citrus side of things with notes of orange slices and lemon drops. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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