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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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

  • Little Family Vineyards

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

  • Parmelee Hill Wines & Vineyards

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

  • Haywood Estate Winery

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

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Murphy-Goode Minnesota Cuvee 2013

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    Crisp apple pie and crumb cake aromas with vanilla ice cream and a touch of peach. This is a dry wine but has some perceived sweetness from the white grape and peach flavors, slight autolytic yeastiness and oaky vanilla notes. A fun, fresh and fruity Chardonnay that is fairly simple but nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Geyser Peak Blend Tectonic 2011

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    Dark black fruit aromas of black currant, blackberry, and cinnamon with some wooded aromas of cedar and forest floor. A strong blend of Cabernet and Petit Verdot, this wine has a fair bit of structure and good fruit flavors, with some savory notes of teriyaki and black olive, clove, cinnamon, black currant and a long finish with chocolate coffee... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Single Deck Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013

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    Green apple and caramel aromas are light and clean. Flavors of honey and cream, light honeydew melon and almond. A fresh and light, easy-drinking Chard. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Island Block Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2013

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    Slightly hot aromas of dried apricot, honeysuckle and peach. More peach and citrus aromas, a hint of bay leaf and cut lemongrass, green apple, vanilla and a long finish of butter and tea leaf. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fritz Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012

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    Green apple and honey aromas are light and fresh with a bit of fresh cut mango and papaya. Full and round mouthfeel, a bit chunky and certainly pleasant, with peach pit, more mango, green apple, a bit of lemon meringue and a touch of cream on the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2010

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    Elegant and mellow red fruit aromas of cassis and strawberry along with a floral note. This delicate and delicious Cabernet is soft and supple in the mouth, with balanced acidity and ripe blackberry fruit, gentle leather and cocoa notes mix with a bit of black cherry and coffee. For lovers of a gentler, silky style of Cabernet which is perfectly... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rock Wall Petite Sirah Jack's 2011

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    Opened this '11 Rock Wall Petite Sirah three nights ago. Petite my arse, loads of dark fruit but also big gritty tannins, so I'm letting it sit in time out for a while in hopes of it starting to behave.Two days later this tooth stainer has calmed down a bit. Big structurally with mouth coating fresh black and dark red fruit but the tannins have ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2012

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    Velvety smooth aromas of ripe cherries, crushed violets and loamy earth. Fruit forward and spice driven approach to this wine, with candied plum, dried red cherries, clove, a hint of herbal syrup, dried oregano, and raspberries on the finish. A great wine for lovers of spicy Pinot Noir. 88 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Figured it would be easy to fool you on the top photo. It's actually Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Still the French tradition, and I've drunk wine from vendors around the place that many times has been quite good (obviously shipped in reefers). How much rum were you drinking in Tahiti, anyway?  ;-)The bottom two photos in my post above are fro... Read More

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  • Abrente Sonoma Valley Godello 2013

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    Very light sweet berry nose, but that does not at all predict the mouth sensation. Very tart, which, of course, makes it quite refreshing, but it could use more fruit flavor. There is some hint of tropical fruit and a dose of green apple, but that is, pretty much, it. Slight bitterness at the very back of the palate. 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...

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