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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Lolonis Winery

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

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

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

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

  • Harmonique

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

  • Elke Vineyards

    Elke Vineyards is comprised of about 80 acres at Donnelly Creek in Anderson Valley, and about 18 ...

  • 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

  • Callaway Coastal Hybrid Red Blend

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    great wine for every day drinking - smooth and full on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dawny54


  • Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Two Creek Vineyards 2014

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    Had at Eddie Merlot's as part of flight Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I dropped off some Becklyn Cab Sauv at ACME the other day and douldn't leave empty handed. Ended up with a 6er.3x 2016 Gather Rosé of Tempranillo Amador County 1x 2014 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (reload)2x 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off... Read More

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  • Graziano Zinfandel 2010

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    Murky, almost prune color. Red berries on the nose, but also volatility. Nice hit of plum and red berry on the tongue. As the wine move back, you realize that tannins are fully resolved. Regardless, this is a big, mouth-filling wine. Definitely, some heat on the rear palate is distracting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    Bright red fruit flavor on entrycherry, plum. Savoriness arises mid-palate. Then, spicinessthe tongue tingles. A very interesting wine. Just a tad more tannin than I would have expected. Very refreshing acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dashe Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farm Potter Valley 2015

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    Fruity on the nose with lemon, grapefruit and green apple notes plush and fresh and a touch of oak. Perky acidity and a bit spicy on the palate, the citrus and stone fruit character continues with white peach, pink grapefruit and lemon pith, finishing with more oak notes that are more on the herbal side than the creamy side. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bedrock Alder Springs Syrah 2013

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    Oh, wow. A nice, light introduction of fruitblackberry, plum, maybe, even, pomegranate. Nice savoriness as the wine passes back. Noticeable, but very sedate tannin. Nice, lip-smacking acid gives it freshness. There will be no Day 2 report on this wine. ;-) Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Light application of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. That dissipates fairly quickly and there is some dustiness mid-palate. Surprisingly noticeable tannin. Some acid tartness. Medium bodied. As I noted a year ago, an easy wine to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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