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

  • Navarro Vineyards

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

  • Silversmith Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Fulcrum Wines

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

  • Mark Moretti Winery

    Mark Moretti Founder, Proprietor Mark launched the winery in 2006 after his earlier winemaking h...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Standish Merlot Mendocino Sibbett 2007

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Standish Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2005

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Floral notes of rose petal with ripe red cherry and red currant. Tart in the mouth with notes of black cherry, licorice and a pop of acidity which shows ahead of some leather and earth.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Spell Estate Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by 4evryung


  • Goldeneye Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard 2012

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Seeing you are from Ohio here is a Syrah right in your backyard. Not sure of ... the Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County. Different beast altogether but very enjoyable. I'd better tell you right now, I'm a bad influence! In a good way though. I'm shocked EMark didn't warn you about me in advance. ;-) Welcome to Snoot Read More

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  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    Dark blueish purple in color. Fairly sprightly tart nose. Lots of berry on the tip of the tongue--red raspberry with, maybe, a touch of less-than-fully-ripe strawberry. Good acid tartness (suggested by my strawberry characterization) makes for a refreshing glass. Fairly full-bodied. Tanniphobes have no reason to fear this one. It is quite ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Old World Winery Mendocino County Alicante Bouschet 2011

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    Ruby red color. Musky, earthy nose. Delightfully light hit of acid fruit on the tip of the tongueplum, peach. Not for anybody who is looking for berry flavor. As the wine moves towards the back of the palate, I get a slate-like earthiness. Not a terribly full-bodied wine, but pretty easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    PnPed. Fairly dark red color. Subdued nosemay open up with more airbut there is noticeable dried fruit hits. On the tongue and under the palate, there is a delightful but light initial hit of dark fruitIm sticking with the dried fruit idea and saying prunewithout a lot of fruity sweetness. Not unexpectantly, this isn't the biggest red wine i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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