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Located east of Mendocino's Redwood Valley, the upland Potter Valley AVA sits more than 200 feet higher than surrounding areas. The lack of population in this remote valley is only exceeded by its lack of resident wineries. The 1,000+ acres of vineyards here are utilized by producers in other, less isolated areas of the county. Great day-night temperature variations separate Potter Valley from other growing areas in Mendocino. Mid-day in this inland valley can be truly hot, but nighttime temperatures plummet. Under such conditions, varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and, increasingly, Pinot Noir flourish, developing strong but refined character. An added bonus of the Potter Valley - resulting from the very high water table of the Eel River watershed - is a desirable proneness to botrytis in certain vintages. This has drawn international attention to this appellation for its outstanding, albeit intermittent, botrytis Semillon and Riesling production. – Description Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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    Reticent on the nose with faint lemon oil and crab apple aromas. Broad and transparent in the mouth, this shows some lovely tart peach flavors framed with creamy key lime notes. A bit short though with a nice cleansing mineral note on the finish, this is easy to drink and well made though it does lack some intensity. In truth a bit of time in th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mcfadden Potter Valley Brut NV

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    The 2012 Mendocino County Wine Competition gave this a Double Gold Medal and Virginie Boone of Wine Enthusiast Magazine made it an Editor's Pick for Best Year End Bubblies. I just put as much in my wine racks as I could get my hands on. Green apple and grapefruit, bright, lean, crisp, unapologetically French in style. Read More

    Wine review by MendoWineGuy


  • Dashe Potter Valley Mcfadden Farms l'Enfant Terrible Zinfandel 2009

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    Lush, fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc. Honeydew melon, pear, mango, and grapefruit flavors make this 2009 McFadden Farm Sauvignon Blanc so much easier to pair with food than the plethora of cat pee aroma and grass flavored SBs that litter the store shelves. Read More

    Wine review by MendoWineGuy


  • Dashe Potter Valley Mcfadden Farms l'Enfant Terrible Zinfandel 2009

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    Perfect Zinfandel flavors of brambly raspberry, herb, and black pepper but lighter in body. Not a giant jammy and oak monster, but a wonderful food friendly, very enjoyably drinkable cool climate grown Zinfandel. Read More

    Wine review by MendoWineGuy


  • Dashe Potter Valley Mcfadden Farms l'Enfant Terrible Zinfandel 2009

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    Hated it. High alcohol taste. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Tahto Sauvignon Blanc Mendocino County 2010

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    This wine is dilute tasting with very little varietal character. The nose is very subdued and does not come out with air. This is one to avoid. This wine should not have been released for sale. My rating --- 75 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Potter's Triple Distilled Vodka Premier

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    Potters Vodka killed one of my good friends. She died from cirrohsis of the liver and was 44 Read More

    Wine review by potterskills1979


  • Dashe "Les Enfants Terribles" Mcfadden Farm Potter Valley More United States Zinfandel 2010

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    Favors of pepper and dark fruits. I'd love to try this with a nice steak. Read More

    Wine review by Clare Goggin Sivits


  • Dashe "Les Enfants Terribles" Mcfadden Farm Potter Valley More United States Zinfandel 2010

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    Gorgeous nose here, this is all wild fruit, dried flowers, and nuanced fresh herbs that explode from the glass. A little softer on entry than expected, this soon fills the mouth with the aromas of the nose, wild red berried fruit, pine cones, a touch of toasted nuttiness, blue flowers, almost an herbs de Provence thing going on while the acidity... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dashe Cellars Riesling Potter Valley Mcfadden Farms 2010

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    This smells a bit funky, though air brings out a lovely honeyed top note over lightly spicy muskmelon, apricot and raw cashew fruit. Rather low on entry, this tenses up a bit on the mid-palate revealing rather ephemeral layers of fruit pitched against a taut spine of acidity. Theres a nice underlying river stone minerality in the mouth accenting... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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