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The Redwood Valley AVA is a subregion of Mendocino in California’s North Coast. The region benefits from higher ridges and cooler temperatures than other parts of Mendocino, with the picturesque Russian River running through it. It also has its own distinct soil types, characterized by intense red color, alluvial clay and loam. All of these features make it an ideal location for grape-growing, allowing for a long growing season and desirable balance in the wines. 

Early settlers first began to plant vineyards in the 1870s. By the end of the century, the wines had garnered a significant reputation and had attracted many wine-makers. Unfortunately, as with most nearby regions, Phylloxera and the Prohibition presented a double-whammy effect that forced many wineries to shut down and pursue other crops. 
The Lolonis family was one of the first to emerge from this period to replant and redirect wine production, and by the 1950s, more than 4000 acres of land were devoted to vineyards Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Silversmith Vineyards

    Tom Johnson Managing Partner A member of the fourth generation of his family to farm in Mendocin...

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

    Redwood Valley covers about 35 square miles and its wineries and vineyards produce premium to ult...

  • Lolonis Winery

    Welcome to Lolonis Winery! For over 20 years our family has been producing handcrafted, organical...

  • Claudia Springs Winery

    Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson ...

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  • Orsianna Sauvignon Blanc Redwood Valley 2010


    Good warm weather wine Read More

    Wine review by dennisseaman

  • Edmeades Winery Zinfandel Mendocino County Piffero 2009


    Matte on the nose with hints of oily seed over spiced plum fruit. Plump in the mouth, with lovely, fresh if abundant tannins that lend this a firmness in the mouth. The macerated black cherry fruit is framed with hints of earth and just a faint edge of herbs. Theres plenty of juicy black fruit on the moderately long finish. Nicely done, if a to... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Graziano Zinfandel Kazmet Vineyards 2010


    A little tarry on the nose, with hickory smoke and some mid level sandalwood spice adding complexity to the blue-tinged subtle blackberry fruit. This is fresh and juicy in the mouth with bright fruit that shows a sweet edge to the very red, tart fruit. While a fairly big wine, this is not terribly dense, with a lovely finish that shows a hint of... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Claudia Springs Zinfandel Redwood Valley Rhodes Vineyard 2010


    Jammy, blackberry fruit smells a bit wild and sharp on the nose, with obvious wood toast and vanilla accents. This is surprisingly bright in the mouth with an early rush of lovely briary, brambly, classic Zin berry fruit. The oak is obvious but well judged, a little simple but showing lovely purity; the finish shows a little spice and lovely bri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Redwood Creek Malbec Frei Brothers Vineyards Mendo 2009


    Very dry at first, opens up into a pleasant, rich dark fruit slightly oaky and earthy finish. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon Redwood Valley 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Merlot09

  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by milesf75

  • Redwood Creek Cab NV


    This a great-value Cab- at any price point. It has a unique, oaky flavor with a strong finish. Tanin-rich. For the price, I think it's a steal vs similarly-priced and higher priced ($15-20) Cabs Read More

    Wine review by winehound23

  • Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Frei Brothers Vineyards Calif 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by Mosca

  • Redwood Creek Pinot Noir United States California Red 2009


    Jammy and stewy on the nose with heavy vanilla and dried fruit aromas topped with cedar chips. Bright if fairly innocuous on entry, this shows good acidity and noticeable dry wood tannins on the palate along with some dried red fruit and leathery, savory notes that lead to blueberry, raspberry jam and sandalwood on the back end. The finish is sh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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