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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Golden Cellars

    Golden Vineyards is the gorgeous byproduct of two individuals who, when spliced together, make fo...

  • Fulcrum Wines

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

  • 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 ...

  • Harmonique

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

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2016

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    Something of a volatile nose. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Sadly, sweeter than I normally enjoy. When I hold the wine in my mouth for a few seconds, I get a stony flavor or sensation. This wine seems a little bit hot to me--not enough to really bother me, though. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013

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    Dark rich and savory aromas of minerality, blackberry and black currant fruit. Full bodied and bold on the palate, presenting mostly black fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant, a core of spice and leather running through this with a finish that's austere yet still juicy. Finishes with great length of fruit and a bit of earth.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel Mendocino County 2015

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    Woody pencil shaving and ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit aromas. Spicy, bold and assertive with black strap molasses and blackberry preserve fruit, full acidity and a tangy, tart and tannic finish of milk chocolate and vanilla bean. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Mendocino County 2013

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    Soft cherry, milk chocolate cocoa powder and violets with a mellow spice on the nose. Starts off delicate on the palate but develops into a bold, assertive wine of structure and rich flavors, dark chocolate and bramble fruit and herbal licorice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci Wine Cellars Brut 2010

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    fruity bubbly clean Read More

    Wine review by sadiedevin


  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Zig Zag Zin 2013

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    Had this with lunch the other day. Nice darkness in the glass but other than the opaque color, not much to recommend this one. Surprisingly light, tart, acidic, and dry. Very little fruit. My experience was far from the tasting notes on the winery page - Zinfandel is our first love, and Zig Zag Zin is noexception. This is a HEADY multifaceted wi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    This wine may define savoriness in a Syrah. Nothing like my experience with the same wine two years ago. Very gentle red fruit on entry and, then, an almost saltiness. I still have yet to taste bacon in a Syrah, but I suspect that is the direction this one is going. Sedate tanninconsistent with two years of aging since my last report. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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


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