Sign In

Sonoma County

Sonoma County is not an AVA, but it is a commonly used informal designation for wines made outside of more specific AVAs within Sonoma, which is a large wine producing region just west of Napa Valley. Though Sonoma is often overshadowed by its glamorous neighbor Napa Valley, it has a long history of wine production. The area specialized in jug wine until the mid-20th century, when Sonoma producers took a cue from Napa and started improving quality. Unlike Napa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is king, Sonoma specialized in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, though excellent Cabs are produced too. There are at present 16 AVAs within Sonoma County, and, like much of the West Coast of the United States, new AVAs are created in Sonoma County with regularity. Some Sonoma appellations, such as the Russian River Valley, are renowned for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

2017 Ridge Buchignani Ranch Carignane ATP

1999 Ridge Mazzoni Home Ranch Red

Light label condition issue

2001 Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay

Light signs of past seepage

WS  93   
RP  92   
ST  92   

2001 Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay

1.5ltr

Capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WS  93   
RP  92   
ST  92   

2002 Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay

Light label condition issue

RP  95   
ST  94   
WS  92   

2003 Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay

1.5ltr

Light capsule condition issue

RP  95   
ST  91   

2004 Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay

1.5ltr

RP  95   
WS  94   
ST  93   

1999 Peter Michael Crete d'Or

RP  93   

2021 Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay

JD  98   
VN  97   
WS  93   

2017 Kistler Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay

JD  98   
WA  96+    
VN  96+    

1998 Pride Mountain Sangiovese

500ml

RP  90   

1999 Verite La Muse

Lightly depressed cork

RP  97   
ST  92   

2000 Verite La Muse

RP  91   
WS  91   
ST  91   

2013 Verite La Muse

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; light label condition issue

RP  100   
VN  92-94   

2009 Verite Le Desir

Light label condition issue

ST  96+    
VN  94+    
RP  93-95   

2012 TOR Kenward Family Wines ROCK Hommage Allan Syrah

RP  94   
WS  92   

2014 Morlet Family Vineyards Coup de Coeur Chardonnay

Light label condition issue

RP  96-98   

2013 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree

Light label condition issue

RP  95   

2017 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree

WA  97-100   
VN  93   

2018 Turley Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

WS  93   
WA  92   
VN  92-94   

2020 Turley Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

2018 Rivers-Marie Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

VN  100   
JD  97   
WA  90   

2021 Rivers-Marie Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

JD  94-96   

2018 Bedrock Wine Company Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

Light label condition issue

VN  96   
JR  17   

2019 Bedrock Wine Company Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

VN  94   
WS  92   
JD  91