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St Francis Vineyards Sonoma Valley

Impressive, medium-sized Sonoma winery founded in 1971. An extensive range is produced, mainly from Sonoma County fruit and at the top end the quality is striking. Zinfandels, both Old Vines and Three Valleys, are big, brooding, ripe examples of the variety. Two other examples from the Anacieto and Bacchi vineyards are Russian River Valley sourced. […]

Spann Vineyards Sonoma Valley

Another small artisan winemaking husband and wife team who first got the bug through drinking wine (Betsy lived in Bordeaux for a while and Peter was a wine buyer for restaurants, and seemed to be doing an admirable job at it, too). Whilst Betsy is the hands-on winemaker, Peter sources fruit from other vineyards as […]

Ravenswood Wine Sonoma Valley

No longer small, this Sonoma winery has a major focus on good to very good Zinfandel. The winery was founded in 1976 by winemaker Joel Peterson and partner Reed Foster, who have now sold a controlling interest to Constellation Brands. Vintners Blend is a good budget label, including Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay. In the second […]

Landmark Vineyards Sonoma Valley

Very fine and stylish Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are made on this property by winemaker Eric Stern. During the mid-1990s roving wine consultant Helen Turley of MARCASSIN provided additional input and direction. There is a commitment here to producing wines from the ripest fruit from low-yielding, meticulously-tended vineyards and with minimal intervention. Chardonnay is the […]

La Crema Winery Russian River Valley

A significant winery in the Kendall-Jackson empire, La Crema was originally established in 1979. It produces a now extensive range of good, well-crafted and reasonably priced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with Pinot Gris, and Viognier. There are particularly good value wines taking the Sonoma Coast and Monterey appellations. An extensive and impressive array of […]

Kendall-Jackson Winery Sonoma County

Vast, private family owned wine company, founded by the late Jess Jackson, producing an extensive range under its own label and also owning or part-owning a considerable number of wine operations in the premium-wine sector throughout California. Leading brands include ARROWOOD, EDMEADES, and LA CREMA and the company also has interests in Italy (Tenuta di […]

Kamen Estate Wines Sonoma Valley

Estate in the south-western Mayacamas range with vineyards at an altitude of 335-440 m (1,100-1,450 ft), growing the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well as Petite Sirah, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Syrah. The meagre, volcanic, rocky soils rarely produce yields beyond 1.5 tons/acre, resulting in wines with great intensity and depth. […]

Hanzell Vineyards Sonoma Valley

Small producer located high up in the Mayacamas Mountains. Hanzell was established way back in 1953 and has long been a pioneer of first-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its hillside estate vineyard. The operation is built on the quality of this mountain terroir. The Chardonnay is a tight, structured example in its youth with […]

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