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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Limerick Lane 1023 2014

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    Bright, tart red fruitcherryon entry. Interestingly, enough, the tartness almost suggests citrus, and, going really crazy, orange as much as anything. Some woodiness mid-palate. Medium-bodied. Not much tannin to speak of. A fun, easy-to-drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

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    Pleasant watermelon and cherry aromas are quite juicy and inviting. This has a fresh tingling acidity and a zesty spice on the palate, playful and clean with excellent fruit notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry leading up to a bit of an earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I haven't touched any of mine as yet EMark.Tonight I broke into the stash.1993 Ridge Lytton Springs - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (4/14/2017)No slouch here, but that doesn't surprise me. Color starting to brick, nose is all strawberry jam and cinnamon. Great round texture, red licorice, brambly spice and a touch of heat once... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • One of my few discoveries this year has been CA Viognier of all things.As per ... ... good it was. It's a Sonoma Valley wine, super rare apparently, with an average CT value of $65.00I'm not sure I've had a dry white wine as aromatically fleshy and pleasing as some CA varietal Viognier's. Along with the Kamen, I'm also remembering a Jaffurs V... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    PnPed. Musty nose. May blow off in a few minutes. Red fruit on entrysome raspberry, but, as much as anything, thing not very tart cranberry, if such a thing exists. Firm but not obtrusive tannin. I would give a similar description for acid. Far from the most full-bodied Zin. Sure enough. The mustiness on the nose on opening was probably... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    This received some fairly good reviews and scores and it was recommended to me. For me zins should show blackberry, briary, earthy notes with maybe sage,This really is the opposite - red fruits, some dark cherry are up front. The wine is mellow and not the bold zin that I appreciate most. For it's style it's fine - just not my cup of tea or wi... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Wine review by shaldane


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Wine review by shaldane


  • White Oak Chardonnay 2014

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    Another one from Lunch at Bravo's. Thin gold in the glass. Opens with Gravel, Pear, Kiwi, Smoke, and Ash. The Gravel, Earth, and Ash carry over to the Palate with underripe Peach, Honey, and Butter. Initially tight, medium acidity, then opens up very quickly in the Glass and becomes a medium oaked Chardonnay - quite pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rodney Strong Reserve Malbec Sonoma County 2013

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    Full fruit aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry, soft clay and bold spice. Rich dark fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry on the palate, a bit of medicine adding some complexity and sliding towards a mineral earth towards the finish that ends with perky tannins and smoky dark chocolate. 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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