Sonoma County California produces some of my favorite quality wines, in a number of different varietals, ranging from highly acclaimed Pinot Noir's, a variety of different styles of Chardonnay, rich deep Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignons to rival Napa. This is possible due to its vast size, with sixteen different appellations, all with different micro-climates and unique terroir.Sonoma County is situated in the North-West region of the state. It borders the Pacific Ocean, with the Russian River running throughout. The sixteen different appellations are as follows: Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Los Carneros, Chalk Hill, Bennett Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Fort Ross-Seaview, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, Rockpile, Moon Mountain District Sonoma County, Northern Sonoma and Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak, each producing different varietals that best suit their region.
So I don’t bore everyone, I am going to break this article up into a series, to describe each AVA, what grapes grow well their, and my favorite producers from each.
Lets start with the Sonoma Coast AVA, probably my favorite place for California Pinot Noir's. This appellation runs from the San Pablo Bay north to the Mendocino County line. It is well known for it’s cool climate and abundant rainfall, a perfect climate for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and cool climate Syrah.
My favorite Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast is Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This wine is sourced from four different vineyards within the Sonoma Coast AVA. Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is what pure Pinot is all about, with a beautiful nose of fresh cherry and earth. On the palate it is full and rich with cherry notes and the perfect touch of spice, finishing with just the right amount of acidity, begging you to take another sip. Ah delicious.
Stay tuned for my next blog to learn more about the different Sonoma County appellations.