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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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

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

Popular Wineries in Anderson Valley View all

  • Harmonique

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

  • Navarro Vineyards

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

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

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

  • Handley Cellars

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

  • Mark Moretti Winery

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

  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

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

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Anderson Valley on Snooth

  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard 2012

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    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


  • Another nice day - I just picked up our spring 2015 shipment from Duckhorn ... ... ... the Syrah.2012 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Confluence Vineyard     2011 Duckhorn Vineyards The Discussion Napa Valley Red Wine     2012 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard     2012 Paraduxx Napa Valley Syrah     2012 Duckhorn V... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Navarro Vineyards Anderson Valley Mendocino Muscat Blanc 2012

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    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


  • "Pisoni, Rosella's, Gary's. Keefer Ranch, Cargassaci.."Of ... worthy CA Pinot comes from Anderson Valle Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...


  • Navarro Gewürztraminer Anderson Valley Dry 2012

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    Nice Mendocino gewurz from long time producer Navarro. Good blast of apricot on the nose. More dried apricot and ripe peach up front followed by a touch of honey and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I picked up a shipment from Pangloss Cellars today at UPS.  Sandra ordered ... 2012 Pinot Noir (93 Points, Anderson Valley) wines a while back.  History of this winery:  "Pangloss creates limited release wines focused on the traditional Bordeaux varietals as well as on Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley. We are the sister label to Repris, which fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Duckhorn Wine Company Migration Pinot Noir 2011

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    Had at Ruth Chris on northside Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Come mow Darren, every night is a wine night at this house.We (Americans) are ... "Goutte d'Art" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. It was a wine that Wells bottled only in Magnums and was only available at the NY Museum of Modern Art at The Modern Restaurant.  A blend of choice barrels from Wentzel, Monument Tree, Hein and Kiser vineyards. Looking f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • Just when we thought this much fun couldn’t possibly continue we had day ... grapes from several areas in Anderson Valley and also on the Sonoma Coast. It was interesting to taste the differences not only between the Valley and the Coast but also the differences between different parts of the same areas.  All of the offerings were excellent wi... Read More

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  • Sipping this excellent Husch Anderson Valley Pinot that we picked up on our trip this time last year. 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. Went perfect with the grilled salmon a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


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