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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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 ...

  • 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

  • Londer Vineyards

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

  • Roederer Estate

    Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate winery is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded An...

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

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

  • Harmonique

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

  • Silversmith Vineyards

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

  • Bink Wines

    Deb’s winemaking philosophy is to take the highest quality grapes and allow them to express their...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Parducci Sauvignon Blanc Small Lot Blend Mendocino County 2015

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    Lemon zest and a hint of a green, peppery grassy note on the nose. Juicy and full in the mouth, with lovely tropical fruit notes of mango and papaya, lemon lime and a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2014

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    Darkly smoked notes of strawberry and raspberry with burnt earth and tar notes. This is more fruity in the mouth, but a bit tart with cranberry and strawberry fruit and a whole lot of acidity. Read More

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  • Moniker Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2014

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    Cool black cherry and dark warm spice on the nose make for a pleasant combination with perfumed tea leaf, raspberry and black pepper notes. This is a touch herbal on entry and hiding its fruit a bit behind waves of sticky tar, toast and oak but towards the finish there's a bloom of cherry and raspberry with good length and structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2014

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    Dark baking spice and oak notes with dark plum, cherry and raisin fruit. Loads of acidity on the palate giving a puckering freshness on the attack with loads of cherry, mixed berry and licorice notes leading up to a full oak spice and smoky cherry syrup finish that has notes of medicine and a creamy texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • NG, I think you go past Mendocino County before you get to Andrew's family's winery. They are in Humboldt, past the Benbow Inn off 101.  I'm going to try to get up there one of these days--about as far north as winemaking goes in Cali. Read More

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  • Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV

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    Wonderful as usual. Apples, nuttiness, a slight touch of cherry with a cripness and acidity that give this an excellent finish. 91 points - drink now - Paul. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV

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  • Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV

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  • Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV

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  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2014

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    Dark baking spice and oak notes with dark plum, cherry and raisin fruit. Loads of acidity on the palate giving a puckering freshness on the attack with loads of cherry, mixed berry and licorice notes leading up to a full oak spice and smoky cherry syrup finish that has notes of medicine and a creamy texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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