Mendocino County Wine

 

Mendocino County AVA is a large and climatically diverse region within the North Coast region of California. Wine-making began here in the 1850s when failed gold prospectors planted vineyards. Italian immigrants arrived soon after and expanded plantings into the hillsides. Despite the expansion of the wine industry at this time, Mendocino County wines remained fairly obscure and isolated, though more and more vineyards were being planted for local consumption. But this isolation worked in the region’s favor, as many of the vines were spared from the Phylloxera epidemic and the rest could be salvaged by regrafting as hybrid European-American rootstock, which was immune to the dreaded louse. 
 
However, like most of the California wine industry, Mendocino County suffered near collapse during the Prohibition from 1921 - 1933. The region did not recover until the 1960s when the Parducci and Fetzer family estates rose to prominence. Other wineries followed their example. Today Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mendocino County View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Mendocino County

  • Anderson Valley

    Anderson Valley AVA is located within Mendocino County in the North Coast region of California....

  • Yorkville Highlands

    Flanking both sides of Route 128 connecting Sonoma’s Alexander Valley with Mendocino's Anderson ...

  • Mendocino Ridge

    "Islands in the Sky"™, as most locals call it, is a more romantic and appropriate name for the Me...

  • Redwood Valley

    The Redwood Valley AVA is a subregion of Mendocino in California’s North Coast. The region bene...

Popular Wineries in Mendocino County View all

  • Mariah Vineyards

    Owned by Dan and Vicki Dooling, Mariah Vineyards is on the short list of the best Zin vines in th...

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

    Lazy Creek Vineyards is named for the meandering creek that runs through the 95-acre ranch locate...

  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

    Since 1980, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has developed a reputation for producing award-winning esta...

  • Lolonis Winery

    Welcome to Lolonis Winery! For over 20 years our family has been producing handcrafted, organical...

  • Claudia Springs Winery

    Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson ...

  • Londer Vineyards

    We are located approximately 120 miles north of San Francisco, in the southwestern corner of Cali...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Edmeades Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2013

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    Blackberry and black currant with jammy character and floral notes on the nose, a bit of black pepper and some licorice. Full bodied and smoky, this brings more black fruit notes of blackberry, black currant and black olive on the palate with enveloping, sharp tannins and a chewy, chocolate finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trader Joe's Reserve Barbera 2014

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    Very fruit forward with strong acidity and a tanninless finish. Ripest barbera I have ever drank. Over the top. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    More red than blue in color. Bright tart nosesome earthiness. Initial impression belies the nose. Candied berry fruit on the tip of the tonguecherry. As the wine passes back under the palate I get more earthiness and tartness, and the wine acquires sophistication and complexity. It does seem a bit hot, and Im OK with that. As my taste buds... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by CLMack


  • Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Bearwallow Vineyard 2011

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    Pretty garnet color. Fairly fruity nose. Very light bodied on the tongue. Some hints of red cherry, maybe, strawberry, but pretty subtle. At mid-palate good supporting acid appears. At rear palate and on the finish there is some sort of funkmay be Sulphur, may be bacterialthat really detracts. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bliss Chardonnay 2013

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    Greenish straw color. Notes of green apple, melon, and coconut on the nose. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with green melon, honey, bruised apple, honeydew/cantalope flavours. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Duckhorn Migration Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2012

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    Had at Ruth Chris. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Champ de Reves Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Elegantly spiced cherry cola and black raspberry aromas with floral notes of crushed violets and a hint of rosemary. This is a bit tart on the palate with fruit forward notes of blueberry, spiced black cherry and red licorice. Well textured tannins grace the mid palate and lead into a finish of cinnamon spice, cranberry, cherry compote and a tou... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Copain Hawks Butte Syrah Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Brutocao Quadriga Hopeland Ranches 2011

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    wonderful blend, quiet, peaceful yet strong and resilient just like a good wine should be. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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