Anderson Valley Wine

Anderson Valley AVA is located within Mendocino County in the North Coast region of California. It’s considered one of the coolest regions in the state, with dense areas of fog, cool winds and rain, with just enough sun to favor conditions for a long growing season, leading to balanced acid structure in the grapes. 

Anderson Valley is named for a mid 1800s pioneer family who isolated themselves from the rest of the frontier packs and were drawn to the valley’s natural beauty, fertile grounds and abundant wildlife. Soon, other settlers, mainly the Swiss and those from the Eastern US, came to join them. Most early attempts at wine-making failed due to cold and frost conditions near the valley floor. It wasn’t until the 1890s that an influx of Italian immigrants found their to the valley and settled in the Greenwood Ridge section, which is considerably higher, sunnier and warmer than the lower parts of the valley. These immigrants are credited with starting the practice of commercial Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Anderson Valley View all

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Anderson Valley View all

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

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

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

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

  • Roederer Estate

    Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate winery is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded An...

  • Fulcrum Wines

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

  • Londer Vineyards

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

  • Mark Moretti Winery

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

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Anderson Valley on Snooth

  • Black Kite Angel Hawk Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013


    Bright cherry blossom and raspberry aromas on the nose. Cool and fresh in the mouth, this has great lift and acidity through the mid palate with notes of raspberry, ripe cherry and mixed berry, a fair bit of spice showing as well towards the finish and a bit of herb overlaying perceptible tannic structure and a tart earthy note to top it off. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Copain Pinot Noir les Voisins 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards Gewürztraminer Anderson Valley 2014


    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

  • Thank you sir!Pinot is not as widely planted as I had thought in CA, though it ... is emerging, and outside of Anderson Valley and a few other coastal pockets, that's definitely a good thin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...

  • As I mentioned in various posts, I had a good time helping some friends plan ... Pinot Noir Helluva Vineyard (Anderson Valley)This Pinot was really nice, pretty clear wine of the night. Had the lively freshness and tannic structure I crave in Pinot Noir. Great fresh red fruits, and 40% Whole clusters certainly helped give it a good backbone, b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wedding Wines in Palm Springs

  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... Cellars - Mixed 3pk - 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2012 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot Noir, 2010 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot NoirVeleta Wines - Reservas Trio - 2ea  2010 Veleta Noladós, 2009 Veleta Cab Sauv, 2009 Veleta TempranilloVeleta Gourmet - Olive Oil 6pkRandom Wine ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • You want a good Pinot Noir to serve as a baseline of comparison Red?  Try ... ... Goldeneye Pinot from Anderson Valley, CA.  I've enjoyed several of them and we probably have a dozen from several vineyards in our wine cella Read More

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  • My problem is that I'm now used to drinking the mid-range wines, as in $50 ... Willamette Valley (Oregon), Anderson Valley (California) or even Burgundy (France).  I don't like sweet wines for the most part, although a dessert wine is a different matter.  That Toschi Pinot Noir was another one that didn't taste like a real Pinot to m Read More

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  • Oh man!  I don't think I have it in me tonight!  Had to beat the drywallers to make some changes to a gas system I put in a couple weeks ago, then go elsewhere and cut into a 4" cast iron plumbing stack to put in a fitting to receive a pump discharge, but the spot was impossible.  I know my boss was probably snickering when he looked at it for t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic BC Wines, Thread up on WB

  • Hey, Tom, I've had a couple wines from Barnard Griffin, including a ... de ... ... de Reves Pinot from the Anderson Valley, and 2005 Vina Ardanza, both from the "Coravin" list.  I've had the Vina Ardanza in other vintages (I think the last was 2004, but definitely I've had 2001) and it can be a little bit of a strange beast.  This one was pre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

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