Mcdowell Valley Wine

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Dominated by a single winery, the McDowell Valley AVA is a tiny, high-sloping bench land that sits up to 1,000 feet above sea level. McDowell Valley Vineyards petitioned successully for appellation status in 1987. Overlooking the Russian River to the west, this little valley in southeastern Mendocino County covers only 540 acres. The region is slightly cooler than surrounding areas, creating conditions that are ideal for select varietals. McDowell Valley Vineyards specializes in Rhone red varietals like Grenache and Syrah (as well as Zinfandel), some coming from century-old vineyards. Characterful white Rhone varietals like Marsanne and Viognier complement the roster of big flavorful reds. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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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...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Grenache Rose

    A mutation of Grenache Noir. See Grenache.

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