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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

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

  • Silversmith Vineyards

    Tom Johnson Managing Partner A member of the fourth generation of his family to farm in Mendocin...

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

    Located in a lush and isolated valley, Naughty Boy Vineyards is a 6 acre vineyard where the entir...

  • Navarro Vineyards

    Welcome to Navarro Vineyards. Our family has been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-a...

  • Londer Vineyards

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

  • Buckeye Winery

    Located in beautiful downtown Newark on the Northwest side of the courthouse square, Buckeye Wine...

  • Claudia Springs Winery

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

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    Dark blueish purple in color. Fairly sprightly tart nose. Lots of berry on the tip of the tongue--red raspberry with, maybe, a touch of less-than-fully-ripe strawberry. Good acid tartness (suggested by my strawberry characterization) makes for a refreshing glass. Fairly full-bodied. Tanniphobes have no reason to fear this one. It is quite ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Old World Winery Mendocino County Alicante Bouschet 2011

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    Ruby red color. Musky, earthy nose. Delightfully light hit of acid fruit on the tip of the tongueplum, peach. Not for anybody who is looking for berry flavor. As the wine moves towards the back of the palate, I get a slate-like earthiness. Not a terribly full-bodied wine, but pretty easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    PnPed. Fairly dark red color. Subdued nosemay open up with more airbut there is noticeable dried fruit hits. On the tongue and under the palate, there is a delightful but light initial hit of dark fruitIm sticking with the dried fruit idea and saying prunewithout a lot of fruity sweetness. Not unexpectantly, this isn't the biggest red wine i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Steele Pacini Zinfandel Mendocino North Coast 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Vintjs Mendocino County Carignane 2013

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    Fruity and a bit earthy on the nose. Likewise the palate is fruity and a bit earthy with little acidity and almost no tannins or finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Parducci Petite Sirah Reserve True Grit 2012

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    This is definitely a food wine due to the extreme dryness. Well balanced, full bodied, nice strong finish. I liked it with steak. It was overly dry solo. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... X 2011 Alicante Bouschet -- Mendocino County (12.0% ABV) 2 X 2009 Petite Sirah -- Mounts Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.1% ABV) 2 X 2013 Abundance -- Field Blend from 1890 Block, A.J. Duckhorn Vineyard, Russian RIver Valley (12.9% ABV) 2 X 2007 Fog Line, Two Vine... Read More

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  • Consilience Zinfandel Rhode's Vineyard 2007

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    This is a big, bold, jammy, chocolatey wine that shows you it's flavors in layers. I've never had anything like it before or since. I am brokenhearted that the Rhodes Vineyard will no longer be a source for these grapes. No more layered divine deliciousness. Read More

    Wine review by lizzratt


  • Bedrock Alder Springs Syrah 2012

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    Subdued black fruit aromas, with something of a fungal/mushroomy suggestion. Subtle hit of blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Initial fruit sensation evolves to an earthiness, and, then a steely flavor. Pretty serious tannin and acid suggest that I not open up future bottles for some time. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013

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    Pretty red color. Muted, dusty nose. Hit of raspberry or cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then some earthinessnot as much as Im used to seeing in Carignanes. This is followed by serious acid tartness. Drying tannins are apparent, but they are different from tannins that I get from Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. Not terribly heavy. This ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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