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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

  • McFadden Vineyard

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

  • Mariah Vineyards

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

  • Golden Cellars

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

  • Roederer Estate

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

  • Navarro Vineyards

    Welcome to Navarro Vineyards. Our family has been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-a...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Frey Vineyards Biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Flowery, crisp minerals, guava. Lingering softness on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Redwood Creek Pinot Noir 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013

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    Lightly fruited nosered berries, some dustiness. On the tongue, again, a light hit of red raspberry very (very) little suggestion of fruit sweetness. In fact, if anything there is more a suggestion of viney bitterness. Medium-bodied. To me, this one is fairly light on tannin, and the acid seems more sour than tart. I enjoy it, but it doesn... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    Quite dark in the glass. Rustic, woodsy nose. Fair amount of red fruit on entrycherry, raspberry. Observable but fairly tame tannin and acid makes this a pretty easy drinker. Certainly, not the most complex wine in the world, but, definitely, an enjoyable one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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  • Scharffenberger Brut Exellence NV

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    Consistently excellent over the years. Our go-to sparkling wine when we can find it. Read More

    Wine review by Scrat777777


  • Edmeades' Folly Blend Mendocino County 2013

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    Red fruit aromas of cranberry, cherry and raspberry with dark spice and earthy oaken vanilla. The palate is quite creamy and soft with delicate texture developing into zesty spice, dark chocolate, blackberry and melted butter towards the silky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Viognier Mendocino County 2015

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    Lightly floral aromas of honeysuckle and rose petal with underlying steely mineral fruit notes of lemon. Juicy and emollient in the mouth, showing approachable ripe fruit notes of peach, apricot and green apple with delicate spice and a warm acidity throughout, finishing with a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir Potter Valley 2014

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    Dusty cherry and sweet baking spice aromas with a fair bit of ripe red fruit, mostly raspberry and strawberry. Expressive and generous palate of ripe cherry bunches, juicy strawberry and cranberry, chunky tannins supporting the palate and an herbal note towards the finish that ties the palate together, ending on a cool note of licorice and allsp... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Potter Valley 2015

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    Grassy white peach, lemon and clean floral notes on the nose. Juicy peach, melon and pink grapefruit notes present here with a warmth to the mid palate that highlights the acidity, herbal grassiness and cantaloupe on the finish. Clean, light and fruity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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