Yorkville Highlands Wine

Flanking both sides of Route 128 connecting Sonoma’s Alexander Valley with Mendocino's Anderson Valley are the vineyards that comprise the Yorkville Highlands appellation. In 1998 the region was approved as an AVA, primarily because of its distinctive soils and temperatures relative to surrounding growing areas. Yorkville Highlands' rocky soils, with high-gravel content, differ from the loamy, clay soils common to neighboring appellations. These highly-porous soils allow for superior water drainage, forcing the roots of vines to dig deep for water. The result is low-vigor vines that yield concentrated fruit. Daytime temperatures here fall between those of hot Alexander Valley and cool Anderson Valley. However, at night Yorkville Highlands experiences greater cooling than either of these adjacent appellations. The moderate temperatures of the AVA are suitable for Sauvignon Blanc, and also show great promise for reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Bink Wines

    Deb’s winemaking philosophy is to take the highest quality grapes and allow them to express their...

  • Yorkville Cellars

    We are located in Mendocino County, 100 miles north of San Francisco. Our tasting room is on High...

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  • Copain Hawks Butte Syrah Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Some new additions:2013 Tomaresca "Neprica" Puglia2013 Halcon Tierra ... Halcon Tierra Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands2012 L'Ecole No.41 Merlot Columbia Valley2013 Limerick Lane RRV Zinfand Read More

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  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Some flowers on the noseorange blossom. Thats a first for this wine. Gentle hit of red fruit on introductionhints of red plum, red raspberry, red cherries. I think the plum that I am seeing is in the form of acidic tartness which makes this very drinkable. Medium-bodied. Very tame tannin. A pleasant, if not terribly lengthy, finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    Red fruit on the nose. On the tip of the tongue, there is a hit of red raspberry, but modulated by plum flavors. A savory wine. I would describe the tannins as moderate, at most. There is plenty of acid, though. So, this is, certainly, an age-worthy wine. Something of a mineral thing going on way in the back of the palate. Very pleasant, ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Much better than my experience with this wine a year ago. Nose of dried fruit and of black pepper. On the tongue, the dried fruit shows upapricot, prune, maybe, cranberry. Towards mid-palate earthiness, meatiness and some heat emerges. Acid suggests lemon. Quite firm, but, certainly, not upfront tannin. Lengthy, pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I haven t had a lot of stand out California Grenache. I've tastes a lot ... ... at 2,500' up the the Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County at his Halcon vineyard. I've had a Rosé that he bottled. Little of a few years back and he puts 65% Grenache into his Equisto GMS blend that is delicious. Yet to taste a stand alone Grenache from him and ... Read More

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  • Again, showing my trust in OT:Ancillary 2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard ChardonnayI ... last two days:Halcon 2014 Yorkville Highlands RoseHalcon 2014 EsquistoHalcon 2014 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot NoirHalcon 2013 Theopolis Vineyard Petite SirahCeritas 2013 Porter-Bass Vineyard ChardonnayMyriad 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonMyriad 2013 Three Twin... Read More

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  • Spell Estate Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by 4evryung


  • Yeah, WG, you have to watch out for Outthere.  He is definitely hazardous ... ... when I saw that the Yorkville Highlands source for the Unmasked is, surprise, Halcon Vineyard--but I didn't.  I am really trying to keep my wine purchasing under control.  It is so hard.  Today, I received a "Save the Date" e-mail from Apsara Cellars that their ... Read More

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  • Seeing you are from Ohio here is a Syrah right in your backyard. Not sure of ... ... from 1500' up in the Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County. Different beast altogether but very enjoyable. I'd better tell you right now, I'm a bad influence! In a good way though. I'm shocked EMark didn't warn you about me in advance. ;-) Welcome to Snoot Read More

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