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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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...

  • Jus Soli Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Haywood Estate Winery

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

  • Sonoma Valley Portworks

    Sonoma Valley Portworks is Sonoma County's only winery specializing exclusively in ports, grap...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Trentadue la Storia Merlot 2012

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    Not an earth shattering merlot but solid with good quality wine making behind it. A core of dark berry fruit, spice, woody notes, anise and chocolate leads to a sweetish flush of dark cherry tannins that are chewy and framing. Balanced acidity leads to a nice finish that's short but full. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ridge Geyserville 2013

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    Very interesting wine. For those who recall the days when a Zinfandel was characterized as brambly, this aint it. The front label indicates that this wine is 73% Zin, 17% Carignan, 9% PS and 1% Mourvedre. This is a pretty gentle wine. A fair amount of red berry fruit on introduction, but nowhere near the tannin that I would expect. Not real... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Toby Lane Vineyards Rose Alexander Valley 2013

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    Solid wine built along the lines of a weaker red than a rose. Aromas of cherry and raspberry mix with anise, chocolate and spice - though they are heavier, it is still a refreshing wine. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah 2012

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    Dark purple in the glass as you would expect from a PS. Very fruity noseof dark berries. Big hit of fruit on introductionsweeter than blackberry, more like blueberry. Not a blockbuster PS. Very light on both tannin and acid. More of an easy drinker. Very easily worth the $15 I spent on it. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Company Dolinsek Ranch Heritage Red Wine 2013

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    More blue than red purple color. Lots of black fruit on entryblackberry, black plum that may be a tad overripe, and there may be a suggestion of blueberry. Surprisingly, this wine is not as full-bodied as I might have guessed. It is, in fact, far from full-boded. Very sedate tannins. A touch of bitterness on the rear palate, but that is gon... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Esa Pekka Salonen is one of the great musicians of our day.   Have fun.Was ... ... Russian RIver Valley, Sonoma Valle Read More

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  • Merriam Vineyards Merlot Russian River Valley Windacre 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jacobson52


  • Carlisle Sonoma Valley Compagni Portis 2014

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    Pale yellow color. Fruity, flowery nosemint, orange blossoms. Apricot and tangerine on the tip of the tongue. Some Gewurz spicethe blend really settles that down. Some mineral hints, mid-palate. Very nice acid refreshment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    Boy was this good. Dry Creek has mastered zins over the years and Heritage Vineyards has some of the best zin stock ever. Dense, black and brooding this exudes varietal excitement. Blackberry, damson plum, oak, pepper, spice and briary notes lead to a palate that follows the nose well. This leads to a medium to full bodied tannic structure that ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • 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...

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