WINE TRAVEL: Moon Mountain District in Sonoma

The Sonoma Valley is considered with perhaps the widest range of wine grapes, the most dramatic contrasts of terrain, and the longest history of any wine growing region in Sonoma County, California, United States. The vineyards are planted in diverse grape varieties – from Alicante to Zinfandel, with both Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in between.

Sonoma Valley, which won official American Viticulture Area status (AVA) in 1981, comprises now 10,249 acres of vineyards, and is home to more than 80 wineries and tasting rooms.

Today we will focus on Moon Mountain District Sonoma County, also known for centuries as the Valley of the Moon. The region occupies the eastern hills of the central Sonoma Valley and contains a few of the county’s oldest and most prestigious vineyards. The vineyards there generally face southwest, receiving exposure not only to afternoon sun, but also to crosswinds from the Pacific Ocean. Vines grow in a variety of soils, mainly rocky and well-drained red volcanic, on slopes and ridge tops of the Mayacamas Mountains.

The most widely planted varieties in the Moon Mountain District are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. In total there are 11 different varieties planted there.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the specialty of the Moon Mountain District. Its aromas and flavours are full of dark fruit mixed with coffee and dark cocoa. To discover one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon from the region, we suggest you to try Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Dumol.

This is a bold well-structured wine with pronounced aromas of black plum, lavender, olive tapenade and graphite. The full, rich entry is immediately plush and layered with a broad, mouth-coating texture. Incredible dark chocolate flavors melt with blackcurrant and smoky pine, framed by high tannins. Mineral, earthy and smoky notes build into the long complex finish. This is definitely a wine with great aging potential.


Amsterdam, September 23rd 2019