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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Harmonique

    "Producers have turned The Valley’s pristine cool climate grapes into honest wines. Sophisticated...

  • Mark Moretti Winery

    Mark Moretti Founder, Proprietor Mark launched the winery in 2006 after his earlier winemaking h...

  • Mariah Vineyards

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

  • Fulcrum Wines

    The real impetus for Fulcrum Wines is to produce California Pinot Noirs that are in balance for c...

  • Claudia Springs Winery

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

  • Lolonis Winery

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

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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


  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    Elegantly spiced fruits on the palate, inky purplish tones for color and satiny soft mouthfeel. The aromas are still fresh and slightly alcoholic, but there are hints of cherry and blackberry. Flavors may include watermelon sweetness right at first, with emerging spice and earthy tones. Great bang for the buck!! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Redwood Creek Merlot 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Joyjoy123


  • Redwood Creek Cab NV

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    Enjoying on a warm summer day....very fresh and fruit forward. The alcohol is superbly well hidden and smooth from start to finish! Ripe, rich cherry and blackberry is complimented by a hint of licorice on the finish! Highly recommended and will buy again...especially at $8/bottle Canadian! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Viognier Nelson Ranch

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    After visiting the charming (but expensive) rusticity of Boonville CA, one cannot resist tasting the wares of the fine burgers of the township... beginning with Philo Ridge. This Viognier is nearly 4 years old, but doing well in the bottle with wonderful ginger, lychee, and stewed peach on the nose. If you like a ramped up Condrieu, this is yo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Edmeades' Folly Blend 2012

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    Juicy and full of blackberry, black cherry and baking spices on the nose with more red fruits like red currant and cherries poking through as the wine opens. Full and rich in the mouth, with dark black cherry flavors, hints of cocoa, well integrated oak and vanilla, and black cherry throughout. Acidity is good and supports the wine well but ther... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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