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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Louis M Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley 2014

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    Thick syrupy notes of black currant and blackberry preserves, some blueberry and a note of fresh hay and soft clay. On the palate this is dusty and tannic on entry, with some smoky black currant and baking spice notes on the mid palate, licorice root, burning heat, tart acidity and a lengthy cocoa finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma 2016

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    Wonder nose with lots of tropical fruit and pears. Nicely fruity with good acid but ends very bitter and oaky. What a shame. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Fritz Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Funk aroma, sulfur, I assume, that seems to take longer than normal to fade. Quite fruitycherry, stone fruit. Could use some minerality or woodiness or something to beat down the fruit. Fairly mellow tannin. Reasonably good acid. Fruit imbalance prevents me from really liking this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Turley Uboldi Vineyard Alicante Bouschet 2013

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    Beautiful dark plum color. Bit of a phenolic nose. On the tongue an introduction of red cherry. Some alcohol. Tannin is noticeable around the edges of my tongue. As the wine warms, a bit, the tannin notes around the edges of the tongue are replace by an enjoyable suggestion of citric acid. A big mouth-filling wine. Very pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge 'Lytton Springs' 2011

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    A very elegant Zinfandel. Does that sound strange, or what? Quite often, Zinfandel (and this bottling is 84% Zinfandel) seems to hit with tons of berries, sticks, thorns, tea leaves and other things off the floor. This one enters with no fanfare. Light red fruitnot the big berry thing that I get, a lot, with Zinfandel and, definitely, not ja... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Russian River Valley 2017

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    Warm spice and cherry aromas with a touch of watermelon and strawberry. Nicely fruity on the palate, smooth and generous with pleasant spice and notes of cherry and strawberry, finishing clean and light with a flaky pastry creaminess. Easy to like.. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Acorn Alegria Vineyards Sangiovese Russian River Valley 2014

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    Dark plum, soft cherry and brown sugar aromas with a fruit forward, lightly perfumed strawberry and cherry pie filling note on the nose. Approachable and freshly fruited flavors of light oak and smoke with a mixed berry, dark cherry fruit blend and a finish of textured tannin and vanilla smoke. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Select Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015

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    Light plum, cherry and raspberry aromas with a touch of an earthy note, floral mixed berry preserves and even some black fruit notes of black currant. Juicy and firm on the palate, creamy textured and generous with cherry cola notes and thick tannins providing good structure through to the finish of vanilla, cinnamon and licorice. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mark Ap02


  • Acorn Axiom Syrah Alegria Vineyards Russian River Valley 2014

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    Spicy dark berry and bramble fruit aromas with moist earth and something a bit oaty in the glass. Full, rich palate of dark fruit and textured tannins with a light smoke and dark chocolate, a drying finish of light licorice and sticky resinous berry spice. 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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