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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

    Redwood Valley covers about 35 square miles and its wineries and vineyards produce premium to ult...

  • Silversmith Vineyards

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

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

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

  • Harmonique

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

  • Roederer Estate

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

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013

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    Pretty red color. Muted, dusty nose. Hit of raspberry or cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then some earthinessnot as much as Im used to seeing in Carignanes. This is followed by serious acid tartness. Drying tannins are apparent, but they are different from tannins that I get from Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. Not terribly heavy. This ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    Elegantly spiced fruits on the palate, inky purplish tones for color and satiny soft mouthfeel. The aromas are still fresh and slightly alcoholic, but there are hints of cherry and blackberry. Flavors may include watermelon sweetness right at first, with emerging spice and earthy tones. Great bang for the buck!! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Redwood Creek Merlot 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Joyjoy123


  • Redwood Creek Cab NV

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    Enjoying on a warm summer day....very fresh and fruit forward. The alcohol is superbly well hidden and smooth from start to finish! Ripe, rich cherry and blackberry is complimented by a hint of licorice on the finish! Highly recommended and will buy again...especially at $8/bottle Canadian! Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Viognier Nelson Ranch

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    After visiting the charming (but expensive) rusticity of Boonville CA, one cannot resist tasting the wares of the fine burgers of the township... beginning with Philo Ridge. This Viognier is nearly 4 years old, but doing well in the bottle with wonderful ginger, lychee, and stewed peach on the nose. If you like a ramped up Condrieu, this is yo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Edmeades' Folly Blend 2012

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    Juicy and full of blackberry, black cherry and baking spices on the nose with more red fruits like red currant and cherries poking through as the wine opens. Full and rich in the mouth, with dark black cherry flavors, hints of cocoa, well integrated oak and vanilla, and black cherry throughout. Acidity is good and supports the wine well but ther... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard 2009

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    This is a big, dark Anderson Valley zin from Valdez,probably the least restrained they make. Loads of ripe black cherries, blackberries, fig, dried plum along with a touch of smoke and spice. This wine carries its not shy alcohol of 15.2% very well. The tannins are smooth and well integrated along with a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Breggo Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mruffert


  • Wilde Farm Donnelly Creek Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Fairly dark color in the glass blocking much light. Quite pleasant nosecherry or strawberry, some vanilla, some light mint. Nicely attractive on the tongue. I get that fruitiness that was detected on the nose, and Im having a tough time deciding if it is cherry or more strawberry. Some stoniness. Very light on the tannin and very pleasant a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Prado Mendocino County 2013

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    Light nose--something of tropical fruitwith, maybe, with the slightest hint of pungency. On the tongue, tropical fruit is immediately apparentpineapple, banana. Then I get acidmore lemony than pineapple. The final flavor sensation is caramel. When I detect the caramel it also becomes apparent that this wine has a somewhat viscous mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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