Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Coast View all

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • Madrone Ridge

    Wine tasting at Sonoma-Enoteca is a truly unique wine country experience. Ten different Califo...

  • Tandem Winery

    Our Background shows a long history of working passionately with high-end labels; the team of gro...

  • W. H. Smith Wines

    Curious by nature and eager to embrace new adventures, it didn’t take much for friend and winemak...

  • Peter Cellars

    Peter Cellars was started by Peter Mauel in 2003 based on a commitment to produce high quality wi...

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  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Bright ruby red in color. Quite fruity and a bit alcoholic on the nose. Sour cherries on the palate with a medium finish. I though it was a bit simple pop and pour but developed nicely with some air showing it quality. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Scherrer Russian River Valley Syrah

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    Terrific wine. A big nose of dark berries and violets. Gentle blackberry flavor on the tip of the tongue.Nice level of acidity shows up with back-of-the-tongue tartness Some savoriness. Some tannin, but, certainly, not over the top. A fairly full-bodied wine. Drinking well, now, but I wish I had more. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County 2018

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    Something of an acerbic nose--not alcoholic, but, definitely, tingly. Lots of upfront fruit--prune leads. Dangerously close to syrupy for my taste. Not a bad wine, but not, particularly compelling. On the other hand, the tariff makes this a perfectly fine everyday drinker. This is the only one I bought in my last Carlisle order, I, in all ho... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vineyard 2016

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    Red plum fruit on the tip ot the tongue, Some spice--suggestive of clove--mid-palate. Nice acid tartness. Medium-bodied, although, fuller than many other PNs, these days. Pleasant, mid-length aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2015

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    Not surprisingly, this is a big mouth-filling wine. Macerated dark fruit. It seems to have an unusually thick or viscous mouth feel. There seems to be a mid-palate sensation of unsweeted chocolate which, to me, seems to be a tad unusual for a Zin, Sturdy acid and tannin indicate that this wine could lay sideway for a few more years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rivers Marie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018

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    Clear, quite pale yellow in the glass. Some vanilla and citrus on the nose. Fairly tart on the tongue--lemon pith, kiwi, peach. Also, I get the vanilla. It is oaked, but, certainly, not over the top, A good summer refreshment, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah 2010

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    I love the dark plum color of PS. Dark fruit--blackberry, blueberry, black plum--but not too much; Some serious mineral or soil add a nice contrast and complements the fruit. A fairly smooth wine. Although, there are still unresoved tannins that indicate that more years of storage could be rewarding. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Crema Pinot Noir Bennett Valley 2010

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    Wine review by courtneyivey


  • Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah 2018

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    Nice tangy red fruit--cherry, cranberry. Lots of savoriness and spice--mace, cinnamon. Interesting tannin--I get tannin puckeriness, but it is not over the top. If there is a better $25 Syrah, I want all I can get. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rivers Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2016

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    Lively red berry fruit Sprightly acid, I suspect is giving me the liveliness.. Some baking spice. Some savoriness. Respectably medium bodied. Lingering aftertaste--again, probably due to the acid. Very good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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