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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

  • Harmonique

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

  • Fulcrum Wines

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

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

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

  • Buckeye Winery

    Located in beautiful downtown Newark on the Northwest side of the courthouse square, Buckeye Wine...

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

  • Yorkville Cellars

    We are located in Mendocino County, 100 miles north of San Francisco. Our tasting room is on High...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Wilde Farm Donnelly Creek Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013


    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


    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

  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard 2012


    Lots of light comes through the garnet color. Fairly perfumey nosecherry blossoms, violets. Quite light-bodiedI guess this was forecasted by the light coming through in the glass. Abrupt hit of cherry flavor on introduction, but the lightness of the wine keeps it away from the cough syrup taste that I get in a lot of PNs. No tannin at all. ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Bedrock Alder Springs Syrah 2012


    Fantastic Mendocino syrah from Bedrock. Still very young. There's dark berries on the nose and ripe blackberry, a bit of spice and pepper, nice acidity and a fairly long finish. The tannins are just a bit rustic and grippy but should mellow nicely with some age. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Philo Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel 2009


    Tasted twice... once in Boonville and then at home back in the Great White North (actually, rainy north); both tastings similar; there is that cloying of fermenting Maraschino Cherry familiar to lovers of this grape, but there is more of Apulia than California here with a smooth, light texture on entry... with the sweet cherry confection. Smoot... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in ... in ... Carignane – Mendocino County – 5 barrels produced2013 Carignane hails from the Ukiah Cemetery vineyard. This head-trained and dry-farmed vineyard was planted in 1953 and is farmed by the astute Colombini family. The soils can only be described as a smorgasbord ... Read More

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  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2012


    Something of a floral noseorange blossom. Light on the tonguesome citrus hints, some stone fruittart peach. As the wine moves back I can detect a light touch on the oak. Nice acid refreshness. Not a big California Chardonnay (thankfully), but not as taut as many white Burgundies. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Testa Vineyards Carignane 2010


    Very pleasant Carignane from Testa in Mendocino. There's crushed black cherry and a hit alcohol on the nose (even though it's only 13.7% abv). More black cherry on the tongue along with candied fig, the slightest hint of black licorice, lively acidity, medium fine tannins and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Navarro Vineyards Anderson Valley Mendocino Muscat Blanc 2012


    Real nice Mendocino muscat blanc. Fresh lemon citrus on the nose and creamy tangerine and apricot on the palate. Just a slight bit of sweetness on the front end that coats the tongue followed quickly by a nice bite of acidity and a medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Deep Red 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT

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