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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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

  • Handley Cellars

    Our estate vineyard experiences cool foggy nights and bright sunny days, the perfect climate f...

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

    The idea for Jim Ball Vineyards began over 27 years ago. Traveling the West Coast for the first t...

  • Londer Vineyards

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

  • Claudia Springs Winery

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

  • Bink Wines

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

  • McFadden Vineyard

    McFadden Vineyard has been family owned and operated since 1970 in Potter Valley, where Guinness ...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Parducci Pinot Noir Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Lightly spiced nose of unripe cherry, earth and a hint of cedar. Dark and rustic flavors - burnt toast, cooked prunes and raspberry compote. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Mud Pie Zinfandel 2010

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    Low aromas of blackberries and earth greet the nose followed by handfuls of strawberries and hints of dried herbs. Just a hint of sweetness is apparent on entry then this follows up with rather full throttle yet bright Zinfandel berry fruit that is both slightly spicy and aromatically a bit herbal and certainly brambly in the mouth. This is a b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bliss Zinfandel 2010

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    Fresh and precise on the nose with a lovely array of boysenberry pie, slightly used wood, sandalwood, and gentle allspice aromas. Cool on entry and a little dull at first, this does turn itself around showing attractive hard candy like flavors of red fruits on the palate that are taut and transparent with lovely nuanced wood spice and earth and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Roederer Estate Brut NV

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    Really nice Anderson Valley bubbly. Tight and abundant bubbles, a nice yeasty nose. Dry and citrusy with a bit of bread dough and creamy lemon on the palate. The finish is medium long with a kick of lemon drop on the end. This has excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Total fruit bomb. Low dollar price is still too much. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Pinot Gris Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Aromas of lemon hard candy greet the nose along with a suggestion of spearmint and green pear skins. A bit soft in the mouth, though very broad, this is rather mouth filling with subtle flavors of raw nut meats, green apples and citrus pith along with a little cooked fruit character. Easy drinking with a very modest finish, this smells better t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble 2011

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    Not a particularly well-balanced wine but very interesting and positive for the price. Delicate but assertive, the nose has some funk and leathery aspects that contrast with the juicy mouth feel. Not overly-fruity but juicy with some tart notes. Finishes where it started with oak and vanilla. Quite a ride! Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Roederer Estate Brut l'Ermitage Vintage 2005

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    Very nice bubbles from Mendocino - Roederer Estate. Nice yeasty, biscuit with a touch of dried apricot. Tight bubbles, nice acidity and a medium finish, there's a lot to like here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • The first flight was '08 Copain and '09 Copain and Alturas. '08 ... ... burned out of control in Mendocino County. The smoke was so thick that there was only 1/4 mile visibility  2-1/2 jours south in Sonoma County. Paul said Halcón vineyard experienced a hard freeze that year that killed the first bloom and that the fires were out by the time ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by XZYMURGIST


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