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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • McFadden Vineyard

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

  • Bink Wines

    Deb’s winemaking philosophy is to take the highest quality grapes and allow them to express their...

  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

    Since 1980, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has developed a reputation for producing award-winning esta...

  • Lolonis Winery

    Welcome to Lolonis Winery! For over 20 years our family has been producing handcrafted, organical...

  • Golden Cellars

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

  • 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

  • Tusk'N Red 2013

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    Well balanced. Liked the screw top closure. Started off a little oaky, but it might have been my palate that evening. Nicely stored in the fridge. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Spell Estate Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.Our Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir is highlighted by earthy, smoky notes and ... Read More

    Wine review by spellestate


  • Scharffenberger Cellars Cremant NV

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    Really nice Mendocino sparkler. There's a nice doughy yeasty nose and a creamy mouthfeel. This is an interesting bubble since it is not super dry but also not sweet at all. Creamy smooth lemon/apple with just a touch of the biscuity flavor on the end with a semi-long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Duckhorn Wine Company Migration Pinot Noir 2011

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    Had at Ruth Chris on northside Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Husch Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Reserve 2010

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    Fantastic Anderson Valley pinot. Starts off with a great nose of crushed rose petals and strawberry. Extremely well balanced with mouth watering acidity, bing cherry, cranberry juice, light fine grained tannins and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Copain les Voisins Pinot Noir 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Parducci Pinot Noir Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Creamy strawberries on the nose; a classic pink Starburst aroma. Bouquets of berries twirl around the palate, coming to a quick, taut and quietly tannic finish. This is a great easy-drinking wine that will satisfy any Pinot craving, for certain! Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Ive heard of wines being in their dumb stage early in their bottled life, and Im wondering if thats what I have here. It doesnt seem to have much verve or integration. This is a wine that does not blow me away with fruit. There are some hints of cherry, but mainly I get a mineral or stone flavors. Gripping tannin and some acid tartness. Act... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Pinot Noir Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Lightly spiced nose of unripe cherry, earth and a hint of cedar. Dark and rustic flavors - burnt toast, cooked prunes and raspberry compote. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by mark


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