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Just south of the city of Santa Rosa, nestled among the mountains, lies Bennett Valley, Sonoma's newest AVA. The area is so remote that you're more likely to encounter a mountain lion than a tour bus. Not only is it one of the most distinct regions in Sonoma, but also, at about 900 acres planted, one of the smallest. Most important-as evidenced by the emerging list of wines being made in Bennett Valley and the number of producers seeking out the region's grapes-it has become one of the most exciting areas in California for Syrah and Grenache.
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