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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Korbin Kameron

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

  • Haywood Estate Winery

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

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Ravenswood Winery

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

  • 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

  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2011

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    Not bad but not great Sonoma Valley red blend by Gun Bun. On the nose there's a bit of a sharp blueberry note. The palate is a thin mix of blueberry, blackberry and some black cherry. The acidity is medium low and the finish is somewhat short. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2012

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    Fairly dark purple color. Big Zinfandelly noseblackberries, woods. Slides very easily over the tongue. Not nearly as fruity as the aromas forecasted. There are hits of blackberry and prune, but very sedate. Firm, not obvious, tannins. Nice acidity makes for good drinkability. Wonderful balance. No alcohol heat at all. Something of a c... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ken & Derek Crowdpleazin Zinfandel 2012

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    I am always looking for a nice white wine that I will really like. This was not it. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • 2012 Parallus Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection, also available on Lot 18. A big, buttery, oaky Chardonnay, but only just so. Opens with a blast, but then becomes more subtle with caramel, toffee, chestnut/hazelnut, ripe peach and apricot and very nice acidity that cuts away and balances the toffee/oak. Big and silky in the mouth, with long finish of vanill... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Notes, we need notes!Seems like it's been forever since I popped a Bedrock ... their own right. '12 is Sonoma Valley while the '13 is a blend of many locations across Northern California. 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (2/27/2015)Drank alongside the '13 Old Vine. Nose is deep, rich and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Picket Fence Russian River Pinot Noir 2013

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    Great fruit Flavors with a smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Fritz Late Harvest Zinfandel 375 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frost13bits


  • Thanks for raising the bar Al#1 but where is the points sticker? ;-) funny, i thought Pahlmeyer was. Cab Sauv player but at 70 bananas per I would be a touch uneasy on a Napa vintners take on Sonoma PN. Glad to heat it was still alive after some questionable storgage.Yesterday. I had the opportunity to taste a new Napa CS getting a lot of buzz. ... Read More

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  • It's another late night for me but I opened this Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010. This is again one of the Estate wine purchases that I took a chance on. I have been posting this week the bottles that I thought were the worst and most likely to be spent and spoiled. I have been so surprised! Tonight I opened this Pahlmeyer Pinot. Raspberr... Read More

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  • Fruit fom Anapolis out in the True takes 2-1/2 hrs to get to Santa Rosa. Alder Spring vineyard is in Laytonville a good 5+ hrs from Sonoma. Hardy Wallace trucks fruit to SR from Sutter Creek, Redwood Valley and Santa Barbara. Halcon fruit is a 4hr truck ride from the winery. Adam trucks his fruit down from Oregon and up from SLH. Bedrock from Lo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • 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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