Whites | Rosé | Sweet | Sparkling Wines

White Wines of Sonoma

Guide to Abbreviations

Guide to Abbreviations

• 26% Chardonnay


• 4.5% Sauvignon Blanc


• Other Whites


Rosé


• Sparkling Wines


• Dessert or Sweet Wines


• Sonoma has a thing for white wines.


• A third of the county's vineyards are planted to white wine grapes. The ratio of reds to whites is a 2:1.  (Compare that to Napa where the ratio is 4:1). 


• Though people sometimes refer to Sonoma as "Pinot country," Sonoma grows more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir (and more Chardonnay than Cabernet Sauvignon).


• The Russian River Valley AVA and parts of the Sonoma Coast are prime areas for growing high quality Chardonnay. 


• Fog cools the vines, but the moisture encourages the growth of mildew, which means that almost all growers who are not organic rely heavily on synthetic fungicides. 


• Organic growers combat mildew without using toxic fungicides.

Guide to Abbreviations

Guide to Abbreviations

Guide to Abbreviations

Quick Guide to Certified Wines


For a basic overview on certified wines, click here.


The Geeky Chart 


For a more detailed chart, click here.


G | Made with Organic Grapes


W | Biodynamic Wine

M | Made with Biodynamic Grapes


Example:

• Jones Winery-G | $38


This is a Made with Organic Grapes wine that meets a certain standard defined by the USDA.


• Smith Winery-W | $38


This is a Biodynamic Wine that meets a certain standard defined by Demeter USA.


Other Abbreviations


NAS | No Added Sulfite 


SVD | Single Vineyard Designate (a wine made from purchased grapes and named for the vineyard the grapes came from)

Chardonnay

Guide to Abbreviations

Sauvignon Blanc

26%


• Sonoma grows more Chardonnay than any other grapes, white or red, with 15,884 acres of the classic white wine grape planted.


• Organic growers are mainly clustered in the Carnereos, Russian River Valley, and the Sonoma Coast regions.


Chardonnay By Price & Region


Wine Notes


Selected Producers

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

4.5%


• Sonoma grows less than a fifth as much Sauvignon Blanc as Chardonnay with 2,711 acres planted. 


• Sauvignon Blanc By Price & Region


Wine Notes


Selected Producers

Other Whites

Sauvignon Blanc

Other Whites

• Alsatian | Geuwrztraminer | Pinot Blanc | Pinot Gris


• Italian Whites | Greco | Malvasia Bianco | Moscato


• White Rhones | Grenache Blanc | White Rhone Blend


• Other Whites By Price & Region


Selected Producers

Rosé

Sauvignon Blanc

Other Whites

Sparkling & Sweet Wines

Sparkling & Sweet Wines

Sparkling & Sweet Wines

Chardonnay

Chardonnay | By Price & Region

Under $40

Under $40

Under $40

Carneros AVA

Adastra-N'Oak | $28

Adastra | $39

• Benziger Family Winery-Sangiacomo-G | $34

• Larson Family Winery| $35


Fountaingrove District AVA

• Viluko VIneyards | $28


Russian River Vineyards AVA

• The Gardener-G | $38

 Medlock Ames | $34


Sonoma Coast AVA

 Idell Family Vineyards-Michael Mara | $39

$40+

Under $40

Under $40

Alexander Valley AVA

• Eco Terreno | $40


Moon Mountain District AVA

• Petroni Vineyards | $45


Russian River Valley AVA

• Martin Ray-Joseph Belli-SVD | $40

• Medlock Ames | $48

Porter-Bass | $40

• Porter Creek Vineyards-Old Vine-M | $46


Sonoma Coast AVA

• Canihan Wines | $45

• Maitre de Chai-Michael Mara-SVD | $45

$50+

Under $40

$50+

• Benziger Family Winery-de Coelo | $50


Russian River Vineyards AVA

Amapola Creek-Belli | $50

• DeLoach Vineyards-Estate-M | $58


Sonoma Coast AVA

• Broc Cellars-Michael Mara-SVD | $60

• Ceritas-Porter-Bass-SVD | $75

• Iconic Wine-Michael Mara-SVD | $50

• Littorai-Mays Canyon-SVD | $75

• Matthiasson-Michael Mara -SVD| $55

• Peay Vineyards | $54

• Radio-Coteau-SeaBed Estate | $70

Chardonnay | Wine Notes

Amapola Creek | Russian River Valley

Amapola Creek | Russian River Valley

Amapola Creek | Russian River Valley

Balanced and graceful, the 2017 Amapola Creek Chardonnay (600 cases, $50) from the Russian river Valley offers subtle citrus aromas and flavors. 

Radio-Coteau | Sonoma Coast

Amapola Creek | Russian River Valley

Amapola Creek | Russian River Valley

The energetic 2017 Radio-Coteau SeaBed Estate Chardonnay (140 cases, $70), the first vintage from the estate, offers intense lemon notes and bright acidity. 

Chardonnay | Selected Producers

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc | By Price & Region

Under $30

Under $30

Under $30

Alexander Valley AVA

• Eco Terreno-Acero | $22

• Medlock Ames | $29


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• Martorana Family Winery | $26

• Preston Farm & Winery-G | $24

• Preston | Kalogiros | $24

• Quivira Vineyards | $24


Fountaingrove District AVA

• Viluko Vineyards | $26


Moon Mountain District AVA

• Repris Wines | $NA


Russian River Valley AVA

• Merriam Vineyards | $22

$30+

Under $30

Under $30

Alexander Valley AVA

 Chateau St. Jean-Lyon Vineyard-SVD | $30


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• Quivira Vineyards-Q-Refuge| $30


Moon Mountain District AVA

• Korbin Kameron | $30


Sonoma Mountain AVA

• Benziger Family Winery-Paradiso-M | $36


Sonoma Valley AVA

Hamel Family Wines-Estate | $38




$40+

Under $30

$40+

Alexander Valley AVA

• Eco Terreno-Sansara | $40

• Medlock Ames-Newcomb |$44


Moon Mountain District AVA

• Kamen Estate Winery | $50

• Liquid Sky Vineyards | $45


Sonoma Valley AVA

Hamel Family Wines- Reserve | $75

Sauvignon Blanc | Wine Notes

Quivira Vineyards | Dry Creek Valley

Kamen Estate | Moon Mountain District

Kamen Estate | Moon Mountain District

Racy and green, with grassy notes, 2017 Quivira Vineyards Fig Tree Sauvignon Blanc (cases NA, $24 from the winery; $18 on wine.com) is a classic, go to Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc.

Kamen Estate | Moon Mountain District

Kamen Estate | Moon Mountain District

Kamen Estate | Moon Mountain District

The aromatic 2018 Kamen Estate Sauvignon Blanc (320 cases, $45) is aged in concrete eggs to preserve freshness. It tastes of stone fruit and lemon verbena balanced by lively acidity.

Hamel Family | Sonoma Valley

Kamen Estate | Moon Mountain District

Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley AVA

The energetic 2018 Hamel Family Sauvignon Blanc (590 cases, $48) is a blend of 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Semillon, which gives a more complex texture. Look for citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors—grapefruit, lemon and lime.

Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley AVA

Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley AVA

Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley AVA

Stone fruits meet zesty acidity in the aromatic 2019 Preston Farm & Winery Sauvignon Blanc (1,100 cases, $24). It's a lovely melange of grassy, herbal and lemon notes.

Preston | Kalorigiros

Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley AVA

Preston | Kalorigiros

A natural wine, the creamy 2017 Preston | Kalogiros Sauvignon Blanc (50 cases, $28), aged in amphora and stainless steel, is restrained and elegant. 

Sauvignon Blanc | Producers

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Other Whites | By Price & Region

Alsatian Whites

Alsatian Whites

Alsatian Whites

GEWURZTRAMINER


Carneros AVA

• Larson Family Wines | $24


PINOT BLANC


Carneros AVA

The Gardener-G | $30


PINOT GRIS


Mendocino

[Anderson Valley AVA]

 Intent Wines-Filigreen Farm- SVD-BD | $25


Napa 

[Yountville AVA]

• Horse & Plow-G | $25

• The Gardener-G | $34


Italian Whites

Alsatian Whites

Alsatian Whites

GRECO


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• DaVero Farms & Winery-Orange Wine | $NA


MALVASIA BIANCO


Dry Creek Valley AVA

 DaVero Farms & Winery | $34


MOSCATO


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• DaVero Farms & Winery | $34




White Rhones

Alsatian Whites

White Rhones

GRENACHE BLANC


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• Preston Farm & Winery-W | $NA

• Preston | Kalogiros | $NA


Russian River Valley AVA

• Front Porch Farm | $32


MARSANNE


Dry Creek Valley AVA

Preston | Kalorigos-W | $NA


VIOGNIER


Alexander Valley AVA

 Skipstone | $60


Dry Creek Valley AVA

Hawley Winery-G |$34

• Preston Farm & Winery-W | $30


Moon Mountain District AVA

 Kamen Estate Wines | $65


Sonoma Valley AVA 

• Winery Sixteen 600 | $35


WHITE RHONE BLENDS


Dry Creek Valley AVA

Preston Farm & Winery-W | $36


Moon Mountain District AVA

• Repris Wines | $NA


Russian River Valley AVA

 Front Porch Farm-White Blend | $26

Other Whites | Wine Notes

Larson Family Wines | Gewurztraminer

Viognier | Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley

Viognier | Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley

The lively and refreshing 2017 Larson Family Gewurztraminer (251 cases, $24) shows just what Gewurztraminer grown in the Carneros can do: produce bold, flavorful wine (perfect for pairing with Asian food). The wine has the notes typical of this variety, exhibiting white flowers, lychee and pear on the nose. Citrus follows on the palate.

Viognier | Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley

Viognier | Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley

Viognier | Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley

The 2018 Preston Farm & Winery Viognier (243 cases, $30) is filled with the stone fruit and citrus notes that Viognier is famous forapricot, peach and orange.  

Other Whites | Selected Producers

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Rosé | By Price & Region

$25 and Under

$25 and Under

$25 and Under

Dry Creek Valley AVA

Quivira Vineyards | $22


Moon Mountain District AVA

Amapola Creek | $25


Russian River Valley AVA

• Front Porch Farm | $24


Sonoma County AVA

• McEvoy Ranch | $18


Sonoma Mountain AVA

• Laurel Glen | $NA


[Mendocino AVA]

• Horse & Plow ($20)

$25+

$25 and Under

$25 and Under

Alexander Valley AVA

• Medlock Ames | $27


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• Preston Farm & Winery-Vin Gris -G | $28


Moon Mountain District AVA

• Hamel Family Wines | $30

• Petroni Vineyards | $28


Russian River Valley AVA

• DeLoach Vineyards-Estate | $30


Sonoma Valley AVA

• Lasseter Family Winery | $28

• Westwood | $30

$35+

$25 and Under

$35+

Alexander Valley AVA

• Eco Terreno | $38


[Napa Valley AVA]

• Winery Sixteen 600-A Deux Tetes 

 $49

• Winery Sixteen 600 | $38

Rosé | Wine Notes

Amapola Creek

Preston Farm & Winery

Amapola Creek

The delightfully bright 2018 Amapola Creek Rosé (70 cases, $25), made in such small quantifies that it is sold mostly at the winery, should be on your rosé bucket list. It's a blend of Grenache (61%), Mourvedre (22%) and Syrah (16%)all traditional grapes of Provence. Medium pink in color, its red strawberries and citrus peel notes combine with balanced acidity to make it simply delicious.

Horse & Plow

Preston Farm & Winery

Amapola Creek

The 2018 Horse & Plow Rosé (325 cases, $20) is a favorite go to dry rosé. Made from old vine Carignane grown in Mendocino, it's a treat to sip its strawberry and ever so slightly tart, rhubarb flavors. 

Preston Farm & Winery

Preston Farm & Winery

Preston Farm & Winery

Crisp and vibrant, the 2018 Preston Farm & Winery Vin Gris (600 cases, $28) has lively acidity, overlain with watermelon, wild strawberries and grapefruit.

Quivira Vineyards

Winery Sixteen 600

Preston Farm & Winery

The energetic 2018 Quivira Vineyards Rosé (1,937 cases, $22) is a blend of the traditional Provence style rosé grapes: Grenache (60%), Syrah (12%), Counoise (11%), and Mourvedre (9%) with a little touch of old Sonoma in the form of Petite Sirah (8%). It's aged on the lees for four months to make an intensely flavorful and fun wine that's a perennial favorite with locals and visitors alike.

Winery Sixteen 600

Winery Sixteen 600

Winery Sixteen 600

The spectacularly vibrant, Bandol style 2018 Winery Sixteen 600 A Deux Tetes Grenache Rosé (95 cases, $49), is a symphony of complex peach, stone fruit, and savory flavors, topped off with a rare, sought after licorice note. 

Rosé | Producers

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Sparkling Wines & Sweet Wines

Sparkling Wines

Dessert & Sweet Wines

Dessert & Sweet Wines

California AVA

• Korbel-Organic Brut-G | $15


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• DaVero Farms & Winery-Sparkling Moscato | $34

• Hawley Winery-Sparkling Viognier | $34

Dessert & Sweet Wines

Dessert & Sweet Wines

Dessert & Sweet Wines

Alexander Valley AVA

• Medlock Ames-Port Style Cab Blend-King Cake | $40

• Medlock Ames-Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc-Thistle | $40


Carneros AVA

• Larson Family Winery-Late Harvest-Gewurztraminer-Dolce | $26


Dry Creek Valley AVA

• DaVero Farms & Winery-Late Harvest Moscato | $34