Pax Cuvee Christine Syrah 2005

Russian River

About the Region

A region of Sonoma County with a comparatively cool climate, the Russian River Valley — named after the Russian-America Company, whose traders explored the valley in the early 1800s — is famous above all for its chardonnay, with pinot noir a close second (about 20 percent of California's pinot noir plantings are here). E. & J. Gallo and Kendall-Jackson are major presences in the area, though there are many small producers as well.