90+ Point Sonoma County Wines You Need to Know

Here in Sonoma County we are surrounded by talented producers, so for those looking to dive deeper within the region we've put together a list of 90+ point wines to try! It's a mix of varietals but each producer deserves credit for helping put Sonoma County on the map.

Enjoy and if your favorite didn't make the list, let us know in the comments!

1. 2017 Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $22.00
Our Price: $15.49

Jeb Dunnick, 90 Points

"Brought up in 24% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Alexander Valley offers a clean, pretty bouquet of stone fruits, apple, blossom, and white flowers. Elegant, medium-bodied, and nicely textured, with a kiss of subtle oak, this is an outstanding wine."

2. 2016 Sidebar Cellars Ritchie Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $34.00
Our Price: $24.99

Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points

"Aged in concrete, this 'wow' of a wine is nuanced in nutty almond, Meyer lemon and crisp grapefruit. Sleek and smooth, it features bright focused acidity that complements the complex savory fruit and hints of lemongrass and ginger." - VB

David Ramey also writes, “This Sauvignon Blanc comes from 44 year-old vines growing in sandy Goldridge Loam over volcanic rock in the renowned Ritchie Vineyard. The richness and minerality of this site are honed through whole-cluster pressing and native yeast fermentation in concrete egg-shaped fermenters. Aged for eight months, sur lies.”

3. 2016 Day Sonoma County Zinfandel

Retail Price: $30.00
Our Price: $24.99

Jeb Dunnick, 92 Points

"A terrific value, the 2016 Zinfandel Sonoma County offers terrific, classic notes of dried berry fruits, sandalwood, exotic spices, and brambly herbs in a medium-bodied, ultra-fine, elegant package. It’s very much in the style of the 2016 vintage with its focused, clean, classic style, and it’s going to drink beautifully for 7-8 years."

4. 2016 Hanzell Sebella Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $45.00
Our Price: $29.99

Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points

"This coastal wine is juicy in black fruit, black tea and a pronouncement of oak, while the body is big-boned, savory and thick in up-front tannin. There's an underlying earthiness that's hard to resist and likably integrated with the highlights of strawberry and rhubarb."

5. 2015 Anaba Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Retail Price: $36.00
Our Price: $29.99

Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points

"This appellation wine is made from multiple single-vineyard sites. It's light and floral, with a fresh, focused embrace of grapefruit, Meyer lemon and Gravenstein apple. Hints of fennel and orange mark the finish."

6. 2017 Hartford Russian River Valley Old Vine Zinfandel

Retail Price: $40.00
Our Price: $32.99

Jeb Dunnick, 92 Points

"The appellation 2017 Zinfandel Russian River Valley is terrific and certainly well worth seeking out. It’s also a great value. Notes of blueberries, sandalwood, peppery spice, and violet notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, pure, upfront, and straight-up delicious Zinfandel that I’d be happy to drink."

7. 2017 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $40.00
Our Price: $33.99

Jeb Dunnick, 92 Points

"Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a terrific introduction into the style of this estate. Lots of cherry and currant fruit as well as subtle smoked earth and graphite all flow to a medium-bodied, nicely balanced, elegant wine from Failla that has integrated acidity and the classic, understated style of the estate front and center."

8. 2016 Unti Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Retail Price: $38.00
Our Price: $33.99

Wine Spectator, 92 Points

"Sleek and vibrant, with spirited raspberry, roasted sage and orange peel flavors that build toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,125 cases made." — TF

9. 2016 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Retail Price: $42.00
Our Price: $37.99

Vinous, 91 Points

"The 2016 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is another gracious, open-knit appellation-level Chardonnay from David Ramey. Pliant and inviting, it will drink well upon release. There is a brightness to the 2016 that is quite appealing."

10. 2017 Carlisle Papa's Block Russian River Valley Syrah

Retail Price: $45.00
Our Price: $41.99

Vinous, 92-95 Points

"The 2017 Syrah Papa's Block is dense, powerful and explosive. Blackberry jam, lavender, spice, menthol and game infuse the 2017 with tremendous character. The 20% whole stems add aromatic nuance, but are not especially apparent. Inky and deep, yet also quite nuanced, the Papa's is wonderfully complete, not to mention one of the highlights in this vast range of 2017s from Carlisle and Mike Officer."

11. 2017 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $50.00
Our Price: $44.99

James Suckling, 94 Points

"Beautiful dark berries with ripe strawberries and hints of decadence and richness. Some meat, too. Full-bodied, dense and rich with tight and linear tannins. Needs a year or two to soften. Better in 2022."

The winery writes, "Farmed sustainably and with 100% native yeast fermentation, we work hard to take a “hands off” approach to winemaking, allowing the wines to showcase the spirit of the Sonoma Coast."

12. 2016 Anthill Farms Peter's Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $50.00
Our Price: $44.99

Vinous, 91+ Points

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard is a powerful, brooding wine. Crushed flowers, tobacco and earthy notes give the Peters a distinctly dark feel. In this tasting, the Peters is decidedly reticent and tightly wound."

The winery writes, "Randy Peters and his father-in-law, Tom Mukaida, farm this vineyard outside of Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. The southern slopes of these hills form the northern edge of the Petaluma Gap, which rushes cool, marine air from the Pacific Ocean inland. The vines, a mix of Pommard and 777 planted over thirty years ago, produce grapes that ripen unusually slow due to the oft-present morning fog."

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