Mendocino Ridge Wine

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"Islands in the Sky"™, as most locals call it, is a more romantic and appropriate name for the Mendocino Ridge AVA. Adjacent to the Pacific, the lower areas of coastal Mendocino County are regularly blanketed with a cooling fog, except for the ridges. These non-contiguous peaks rise from clouds of fog, seemingly like islands, bringing uninterrupted sunshine to the scattering of tiny vineyards nestled among Redwood and Douglas fir trees. The region covers more than a quarter-million acres of mountainous land. But only about one-third of this is above the 1,200-foot fog line, the minimum elevation at which land is included within the appellation. Of this eligible land, only a minute fraction is suitable for grape cultivation. Just 75 acres of the entire viticultural area is planted, with Zinfandel being the local specialty since the late 1800s when some of these ridge-top vineyards were first planted. The legacy of the early Italian mountain vignerons is honored today, as Mendocino Ridge is recognized Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Back home from Cali and just finished unpacking. A bit tired after the Dry Creek Passport weekend followed by a day of tasting on our own and then a great evening with Mr. and Mrs. OT - tx again and hope you enjoy the leftovers! That Ridge was mighty tasty but totally different from the fantastic Myriad you popped, I really love a good syrah.  H... Read More

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  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% alcohol from any maker. Now sometimes even 16%. This is not only a problem for zin, but also for cabernet sauvignon and other varietals in California. Really bad in places like Paso Robles and Lodi, but plenty of culprits up in Napa and even Sonoma. Unfortunately it's al... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • Fetzer Sauvignon Blanc California Echo Ridge 2011

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    Green Apple, mint. Crisp and clean. Very very mild spice (pepper). Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • OT, we'll be flying into SFO and driving up the 101.  On the way up these are the places that seem like they may be interesting:McNab Ridge WinerySIP!MendocinoJerikoRivinoParducciTesta Here's a list of places I'd like to try to get to while we're staying in Mendocino (most likely more that we can do in 2 days but it's good to have options):Edmea... Read More

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  • Edmeades Winery Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard 2008

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    Strawberry fruit tops a nose which shows off hints of oily seeds and a touch of beefy white pepper. Round on entry with an early suggestion of sweetness, this is a bit of a throwback style with plenty of rich black cherry pie flavors supported by supple tannins and modest acidity. Theres nice intensity of flavor here, and a smooth texture, but i... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hello local wine lovers and goood people!:My name is Jason Argos I recently relocated to the Lafayette area from Mendocino county where I was a regular musical addition to wine events.At ,Jaxon Keys, Jepson,  McNab Ridge, The Hopland Inn, Blue lakes resort, and many others.I play smooth Jazz on my 7 string guitar.And as a result of these venues,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Master Argos


  • Fetzer Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast Five Rivers Ranch 2004

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    Very Good Wine, excellent with food. Smooth with good flavor. Read More

    Wine review by vanir


  • Fetzer Chardonnay Organic 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by annecara


  • Edmeades Winery Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge Late Harvest Perli Vineyard 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by XZYMURGIST


  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jamlani


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