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...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

  • Mariah Vineyards

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

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

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

  • Mark Moretti Winery

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

  • Silversmith Vineyards

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

  • Claudia Springs Winery

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

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Dashe Dry Riesling 2014

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Halcon Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard 2014

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    More red than purple in color. A lot of light passing through. Light nose of red fruit. Cherry/strawberry on the tip of the tongue, but, again, quite light. Something of a dusty character. Fairy stern acid detected around the edges of the tongue. A hint of a nutty thing going on mid- to back palate. Maybe its the youth, but, as much as an... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Navarro Vineyards White Blend Mendocino County Edelzwicker 2013

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    Nice and inexpensive Mendocino white blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Muscat. There's not as much aromatics, as I'd expect for this blend. From the glass there is some nice notes of tangerine, ripe peach, a nice creamy texture, medium acidity and a medium finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    Wine review by Khriz


  • Bonterra Chardonnay 2013

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    Wine review by ellatnyc


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    Red fruit on the nose. On the tip of the tongue, there is a hit of red raspberry, but modulated by plum flavors. A savory wine. I would describe the tannins as moderate, at most. There is plenty of acid, though. So, this is, certainly, an age-worthy wine. Something of a mineral thing going on way in the back of the palate. Very pleasant, ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Fairly light-bodiedprobably falls into the AFWE mold. Light hit of red fruit on entry. Some supporting tannin, but not much. Same for acidits there, but not over the top. An easy to drink winewith or without accompanying food. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Much better than my experience with this wine a year ago. Nose of dried fruit and of black pepper. On the tongue, the dried fruit shows upapricot, prune, maybe, cranberry. Towards mid-palate earthiness, meatiness and some heat emerges. Acid suggests lemon. Quite firm, but, certainly, not upfront tannin. Lengthy, pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Roederer Estate Brut l'Ermitage Vintage 2005

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    Green apple, yeasty, Stoney aroma and flavors. More fruity and forward with less minerality than a champagne. Good firm structure. The finish is long and structured. Read More

    Wine review by Billdo99


  • Lioco 'Indica' Old Vine Carignane 2012

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    Fruity and light with berry notes and light tannins. Very smooth and easy to drink! Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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