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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Korbin Kameron

    Korbin Kameron Vineyards is a family endeavor. On a drive through the Sonoma Valley, we – Jenny 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....

  • Little Family Vineyards

    A Little dream…became reality for Joan and Rich Little who aspired to live in Sonoma Valley, rais...

  • Nicholson Vineyards

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

  • Jus Soli Winery

    Tiny wine label produced at Copain in Santa Rosa, CA. Jus Soli is Latin for "Law of the Soil", a...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • 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


  • Carlisle Montafi Ranch Russian River Zinfandel 2014

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    Fairly complex Zinfandel. Lots of opening fruitsome berry but, also stone fruit. Then the old Zinfandel bramble from the 1980slike sticks and stems. This provides a bitter sensation to contrast with the sweetness of the opening fruit. Nice stiff tannin and sturdy acid. Im one who is eager to pop the cork on my wines, and while I am, in fact... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2005

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    Wine review by WineyChrissy


  • Giarrusso Zinfandel 2009

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    Wine review by joshclancy99


  • Limerick Lane 1023 2013

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    Good wine. Red fruit. Sturdy acids and tannins give complexity, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Some dustiness in the nose. Red fruit on entry, but, thankfully, not jammy or syrupynice acid tartness seems to deflect those possibilities. A bit light on tannin compared to my memory of previous vintages. An easy to drink wine, but I think more sideways storage will integrate the components, better. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015

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    Bright red cherry aromas with a light note of cranberry, this is fresh and floral with darkly sweet spice. Soft and mellow note with a zesty mid palate that delivers a bold freshness and a mixture of blueberry and plum spice, more notes of fresh cranberry and lightly textured tannins, a smooth and balanced wine with soft fruit and fall spice tow... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • T-Vine Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2015

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    Restrained and brooding chocolate and licorice aromas with notes of cherry and raspberry. Concentrated and explosive on the palate with a rich mouthfeel of cherry, red currant and raspberry with a bracing acidity and an unwavering spice adding a lot of depth and complexity but falling away slowly on the finish, releasing blueberry and chocolate ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Alexander Valley 2015

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    Creamy dark chocolate and vanilla extract aromas, oaky and full aromas with blackberries and black currant preserves. A bit of tartness on the palate to start with a creamy texture throughout, grainy tannins and milk chocolate with blackberry jam towards the finish and a fruity, vanilla palate that finishes with good length and depth. 89 pts 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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