Russian River Valley AVA

Sonoma, North Coast


Located in Sonoma County, California, the Russian River Valley AVA gained formal recognition in 1983 and was later expanded in 2005. The area which covers over 150 square miles, stretches between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa on the Southern end and Forestville and Healdsburg on the north. All the vineyards of the Russian River Valley share a characteristically cool climate that is heavily influenced by fog from the Pacific Ocean.

Some of the most successful varietals of the area those that thrive in cool climates like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which represents about 40% of all the grapes grown in the region. In addition to those grapes, the area also produces Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Gris as well as a respected late Harvest Gewurztraminer.

The winemakers of the area identify with a number of different neighborhoods within the Russian River Valley appellation. These neighborhood include Middle Reach (in the north closest to Healdsburg) Laguna Ridge (south near Forestville) Santa Rosa Plain (flatlands near the town of Santa Rosa) Green Valley (north of Sebastopol) and Sebastopol Hills (running east and west of the town of Sebastopol).

The Russian River Valley wines have been featured in all six of all monthly wine clubs. If you love Pinot Noir, you really need to join our Pinot Noir Club. Numerous highly-rated, exceptional monthly selections come from this region.

Wines from Russian River Valley AVA

Graton Ridge

2013 Pinot Noir
96 Points
$45.00 $39.00 x 2

Eleven Eleven

2013 Pinot Noir
91 Points
SALE
$65.00 $45.50 x 1

Benovia

2013 Pinot Noir
92 Points
SALE
$56.00 $39.20 x 1

Floodgate

2013 Pinot Noir
90 Points
LAST CALL
$25.00 $20.00 x 1

DuMOL

2012 Pinot Noir
92 Points
SALE
$63.00 $56.70 x 1

Alysian

2011 Pinot Noir
94 Points
SALE
$65.00 $48.75 x 1

Bailiwick

2013 Cabernet Franc
90 Points
$28.00 $22.00 x 2

Lewis

2014 Chardonnay
93 Points
$55.00 $49.00 x 2

Benovia

2013 Chardonnay
94 Points
SALE
$48.00 $36.00 x 1

Gamba

2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
94 Points
SALE
$45.00 $31.50 x 1

Graton Ridge

2014 Chardonnay
2 Gold Medals
$32.00 $18.50 x 2

Lucie

2013 Pinot Noir
93 Points
SALE
$60.00 $42.00 x 1

Pellegrini

2013 Chardonnay
Multiple Awards
SALE
$45.00 $31.50 x 1

Graton Ridge

2014 Petite Sirah
Double Gold
SALE
$42.00 $29.40 x 1

DuMOL

2010 Syrah
93 Points
SALE
$60.00 $54.00 x 1

Freeman

2013 Pinot Noir
93 Points
SALE
$58.00 $40.60 x 1
Russian River Valley AVA Wineries