Sonoma County is famous for its wine and, while one can spend a small fortune on bottles from the area, one doesn’t need to shell out more than $25 to enjoy 90 point bottles.  Here are a handful of wines from the region our tasting panel enjoyed:

Matanzas Creek 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): 93.5% Sauvignon Blanc & 6.5% Semillon

Region: Sonoma County, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of lime, pineapple, minerals, and wild grass greets the senses. Flavors of citrus fruits, pineapples, and melons come together among nuances of bell pepper and minerals on the palate. Crisp, with a fairly lively acidity, open a bottle when you enjoy a shrimp stir fry.

Rating: 90

Carol Shelton 2014 “Karma Reserve”

Grape(s): 70% Zin 14% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cab, 2% Carignane & 2% Viognier

Region: Sonoma County, California

Price: 20-25

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of blueberries, blackberries, spicy oak, and chocolate rises up from a glass. Ripe blackberry and blueberry flavors are accented by elements of nutmeg, black pepper, and dark chocolate on the palate. Satiny tannins frame the wine well, and a good balance of flavors show its fine crafting.

Rating: 90

Hook & Ladder 2017 Chardonnay

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

The noses offers up aromas of pears, peaches, buttered popcorn, and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of peach, pear, and lemon come together with allusions of buttery toasty and vanilla. A balanced acidity and creaminess make this a Chardonnay to enjoy with crab cakes.

Rating: 90

Goldschmidt “Singing Tree” 2016 Chardonnay

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

Elements of peaches and tropical fruits meld with notes of citrus peal and creamy vanilla on the nose. The palate takes shape with flavors of passion fruit, peach, and tangerine flowing into suggestions of vanilla and brown spice. Balanced and bright, it’s a fine value for Chardonnay drinkers who prefer a cleaner, less buttery style.

Rating: 90