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Russian River Valley, USA
Located west of Santa Rosa and south of Healdsburg, the Russian River Valley is an AVA that forms part of the Sonoma County region in northern California. The trump card for this, the most celebrated of the Sonoma AVAs, is its possession of some particularly cool spots, found mostly near the Pacific Ocean. Here, the effects of the windy valleys and coastal ridge tops combine to make a climate that is positively cold by Californian standards, but ideal for making elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The 1990s saw an increasing number of premium wineries emerge in this region of
western Sonoma, and it is now California's top spot for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
In particular, new vineyard plantings in sites that were previously considered
too cool for grapes have proved to be a great success, resulting in wines displaying
freshness, complexity and elegance.
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