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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • Handley Cellars

    Our estate vineyard experiences cool foggy nights and bright sunny days, the perfect climate f...

  • Mariah Vineyards

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

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

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

  • Claudia Springs Winery

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

  • McFadden Vineyard

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

  • Londer Vineyards

    We are located approximately 120 miles north of San Francisco, in the southwestern corner of Cali...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Copain Pinot Noir les Voisins 2013

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Lazy Creek Vineyards Gewürztraminer Anderson Valley 2014

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    Lightly floral honeysuckle and thistle flower aromas with baked apple notes and hints of tea leaf on the nose. More tea leaf on the palate with good ripe acidity, this turns quite ripe and freshly fruity in the mouth with white peach and melon flavors and a hint of lemon zest and oak on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ferrari Carano Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge 2014

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    Nicely floral notes of violets and ripe cherry with notes of sweet spice on the nose. This has some good acidity coming through and is a touch medicinal with notes of licorice, ripe cherry, blueberry and a creamy finish. Herbal and oaky with soft through through the mid palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2013

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    Very much an oaky, buttery nose. Yup. Serious butter or, maybe even, butterscotch (without the sweetness) on the tongue. A touch of tropical fruit flavor towards the back of the palate. Some tartness at the back of the palate, but, generally, fairly light on acid. Suggestion of mint and cinnamon (?) on the aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Eppa White Sangria Organic NV

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    Wine review by knolld


  • Hi All,My family winery, Terra Sávia, is hosting a sparkling wine ... ... ... wine festival showcasing Mendocino County producers. It's our third year in a row and is a great way to kick off Spring! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.Participating WineriesCampovida (New Participant!)Graziano Family WinesMcFadden VineyardsNelson V... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 3rd-Annual Mendocino...


  • Thanks guys. The Lulu was excellent. Light watermelon, great acidity and a ... ... Ranch and Gibson Ranch in Mendocino County. Glad I bought a case. The Crane was an '11 MJET. Showing the leanness of the vintage but in Mike's case it made it great with the Tri-Tip as it still has sufficient heft. A double decant 6 hrs earlier was insufficient ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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


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