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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Casa de la Cruz

    Casa de la Cruz wines are a companion label of Keller Estate Winery. These lovely entry level Cha...

  • Kastania Vineyards

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

  • Valley of the Moon Winery

    Valley of the Moon Winery has been in operation longer than any other winery in the Glen Ellen ar...

  • Hirsch Vineyards and Winery

    Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific at Fort Ross, Sonoma County, Hirsch Vineyards is the b...

  • DuNah Winery

    DuNah Vineyard & Winery lies in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley near the small country town ...

  • heintz

    Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the loc...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Enkidu Cabernet Sauvignon ANU Moon Mountain District 2012

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    "Dark" nose with some viny sensation. On the tip of the tongue I was surprised by flavors of bright red fruit--normally, I detect black fruit in CS. Lots of mineral and stone mid-palate. Plenty of stiff tannin. An unfortunate unbalance of acid, which I am sure, is why I described the fruit as "bright." I probably should have let this one re... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Simi Winery Chardonnay 2016

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    Wine review by Jerry Brenner


  • J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé 2004

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    Wine review by Jerry Brenner


  • Kumbaya Blend California 2014

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    Ruby red coloration with rusty purple hues around the rim when held against light and shows nice legs too! Semi clear transparency which suggests some decanting could be done to this one. Aromas of sweet vanilla, dark cherry, blackberry and chokecherry deepness....perhaps some mild peppery spice and oak dryness. Flavors are very fruit forward... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Wow. Kind of a reflective, melancholy tone here!We were in Sonoma over the weekend, saw OT, Fox and some other folks, and stopped at a winery called White Oak. The guy who built it was there. He was a builder in Alaska but ended up in Sonoma some forty years ago. Did the carpentry, plumbing, cement work, etc. Kind of like OT. Anyhow, the wines w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Ceritas Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

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    A very enjoyable wine. Lots of upfront fruit--lime and grapefruit on the citrus side, pineapple, kiwi and a suggestion, but only a suggestion, of banana. Terrific acid fills the mouth making this a very lively, bright wine, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Geyserville 2013

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    Three years after my previous notes on this wine, I'm still liking it. As noted before, a light hit of red fruit--raspberry--but with no sweetness. Acid is apparent. As previously reported, tannin is somewhat sedate. I'm still calling this a medium-bodied wine, but contrary to my previous assessment, I am of the impression that more years of ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carol Shelton Karma Reserve 2015

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    Very nice opening of black raspberry. Then some salinity. Very obvious acid, and fairly sturdy tannin, More a "rustic" wine as opposed to a "refined" one--exactly what a Zinfandel-based wine should be. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    I'm going to be a bit kinder to this wine than I was a year and a half ago. I am still getting bright red fruit--raspberry, plum, and I am still surprised at the relative lack of tannin. However, it has rounded out to a nice, mouth-filling wine. I am wondering if this is a stylistic change at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Patine Gap's Crown 2015

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    Mouthful of fruit on this one. Typical Pinot Noir Red Cherry flavors, maybe a hint of Plum/Peach. Very good acid beats down the fruitiness a bit and makes it easy to drink. I will not confess that I am not a PN lover. While I have stated that this wine is easy to drink, I would like to see more complexity. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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