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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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

  • Silversmith Vineyards

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

  • Handley Cellars

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

  • Naughty Boy Vineyard

    Located in a lush and isolated valley, Naughty Boy Vineyards is a 6 acre vineyard where the entir...

  • Londer Vineyards

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

  • Golden Cellars

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

  • McFadden Vineyard

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

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Parducci Petite Verdot Reserve Mendocino County 2014

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    Dusty, earthy and inky with full blackberry aromas and an earthy essence of the farm included which adds character here. This is expansive in the mouth with an excellent backbone of acidity, drying tannins and herbal notes of light eucalyptus and dark, thick fruit flavors of black currant, bramble fruit and cherry. Finishes with a bit of smoke a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Edmeades Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Edmeades Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2013

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    Blackberry and black currant with jammy character and floral notes on the nose, a bit of black pepper and some licorice. Full bodied and smoky, this brings more black fruit notes of blackberry, black currant and black olive on the palate with enveloping, sharp tannins and a chewy, chocolate finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trader Joe's Reserve Barbera 2014

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    Very fruit forward with strong acidity and a tanninless finish. Ripest barbera I have ever drank. Over the top. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Halcon Alturas Syrah Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Halcon Tierra Petit Sirah Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    More red than blue in color. Bright tart nosesome earthiness. Initial impression belies the nose. Candied berry fruit on the tip of the tonguecherry. As the wine passes back under the palate I get more earthiness and tartness, and the wine acquires sophistication and complexity. It does seem a bit hot, and Im OK with that. As my taste buds... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay 2011

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    Wine review by CLMack


  • Rhys Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Bearwallow Vineyard 2011

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    Pretty garnet color. Fairly fruity nose. Very light bodied on the tongue. Some hints of red cherry, maybe, strawberry, but pretty subtle. At mid-palate good supporting acid appears. At rear palate and on the finish there is some sort of funkmay be Sulphur, may be bacterialthat really detracts. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bliss Chardonnay 2013

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    Greenish straw color. Notes of green apple, melon, and coconut on the nose. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with green melon, honey, bruised apple, honeydew/cantalope flavours. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


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