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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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Popular wines made in Sonoma Valley under $20

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Valley View all

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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

  • Parmelee Hill Wines & Vineyards

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

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Dark ruby in color. Red and blue fruit on the nose though a little shy. Shy on the palate too. Medium acidity with a long slightly dry finish. Like the wine really just doesn't represent value to me. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • -for me right now.2010 was amazing, 2012 even better and 2013 best of show. 2013 is pouring best now... ....of the 3. Vs. Napa and Sonoma available for me. Including Spottswoode 2013. uncertain about 2014. Not my focus yet.    Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Winery - The Best...


  • Interestingly I have Keenan Estate Spring Mountain 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon @ my current venue's cellar.I do focus on 2013 now Vs.  other vintages of available Napa Cab's.Keenan may be worth a search, I am also looking at Cornerstone Cellars Sonoma. -as contenders for best new California Cabernet. - I tip my Hat to Sonoma for the Energy.! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Winery - The Best...


  • River Road Russian River Valley Sonoma County Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Garnet in color and shy on the nose. Medium light in weight, light dark cherry fruit with good acidity and very light tannins. Needs food. Not a bad wine just nothing to cause me to look for it again. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Kenwood Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Pretty, clear garnet color. Light cherry nose. Tart cherry on entry. Some slight bitterness that seems to be diminishing. While not offensive, it is pretty undistinguished. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • The Calling Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Had at matt the Miller Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very surprising, subtle entry on the tongue. Some red berry fruit, but not, necessarily any particular berry that I can pick out. Nice. Good tannin and sprightly acid. Interesting that I seem to get more fruitand its stone fruiton the rear palate than on the tip of the tongue. Good job, Bedrock. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Here are 3 that we've found are very good values and just plain good wines:From top down it goes like this;The Siduri was very good, dark cherry, spice, earthy tones, good tannins lends to structure and juicy acidity lends to fruity, mouthwatering finish.The Hahn SLH was my last bottle of the 2014 vintage.  I think the '14 is better than the '15... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley 2015

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    This wine and I were both #81 in 2017. The wine, #81 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017, and myself, #81 of 264 in the Spartan Race Sacramento 2017. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Seghesio Zinfandel Monte Rosso 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Pleasant ripe red fruit/berries on entry. Some spritziness on the tip and the edges of the tonguenot distracting and, in fact, adds another dimension to the wine. Under control but enjoyable tannin. Some of the old bramble sensation that described all Zins in the 1980s. A kind of a menthol sensation way in the back of the palate. Just a ver... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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