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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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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...

  • Nelson Estate

    David and Holly Nelson got involved in the wine business after purchasing their first 65 acre vin...

  • 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...

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Parmelee Hill Wines & Vineyards

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

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County 2003

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    Was a bit anxious about this one since it was a gift from a neighbor/friend and storage was questionable. Initial taste on opening was that this was a bit "hot", which at 15.8% abv wasn't unexpected. Visual inspection showed only slight bricking on the rim with a nice ruby core. On the nose is more heat and some smoke and dry earth. After 1-2 ho... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Siduri Pinot Noir Keefer Vyd Russian River 2012

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    Burgundy. Cargassachi and Lee 2012. - burgundy. blackberry. Tasted again May 2, 2015. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Maclaren Wines Maclaren Syrah Judge Family Vineyard 2009

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    Not bad but not great Sonoma (Bennett Valley) syrah. Dark ripe berries on the nose with a hint of tobacco. Lots of ripe blackberry, a bit of earthiness, some cola, ripe black cherry and a touch of cedar on the palate. The acidity is fairly bright but the tannins are a bit short and the finish is of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley California 2010

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    The wine is an inky black color at the center, leading to some bright ruby along the edges with nice clarity. The nose is just lovely, with notes of black licorice, tarragon, blueberry and some Asian spice. The taste is quite refined, with a some subdued flavors of cassis, blueberry and notes of espresso up front which transition to some elega... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Estate Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Fairly dark purplemore blue than redcolor. Brambly, blackberry on the nose. Fairly fruity on entryblackberry again, cherry, dried fruit, raisin. Very nice tannin backbone, but could use more acid (or less up-front fruit) which makes this wine is bit flabby to me. ATTENTION SNOOTH this is not the "Old Vines" Zichichi Zinfandel. When I review ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Picket Fence Pinot Noir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by hransom


  • Balletto Russian River Valley Estate Syrah 2009

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    Fairly big RRV syrah from Balletto. The nose is loaded with ripe dark cherries and a good hit of smoke, some earthiness and a bit of tanned leather. There's ripe black berries on the tongue but the fruit is just starting to fade, some more of the smokiness/leather, fine grained tannins, medium acidity and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Fruit forward nearing jamminess. Light acid, light tannins and lightly wooded. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Clos du Bois Knights Valley Petite Sirah Sonoma Reserve 2011

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    This is not the best for the price point. It's full of blackberry and mellow tannins but that's about it. Perhaps it needs more time in the bottle to round out. Basically I expected more complexity but no............it's an average nice tasting wine with no special depth Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Tonight I opened a 2012 Michael Pozzan Cabernet Sauvignon that I expected to just be 'so-so'.  I don't think I paid all that much for it.  I was pleasantly surprised to taste a pretty good cab!  It appears these bottles spend a good amount of time in oak (the 2011 bottles spent 16 months in oak) and OT will be pleased that it's from the Alexande... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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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