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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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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  • 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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  • There's a happy rumor (OK, it is more than a rumor.) that Myriad is going ... ... Theopolis Vineyard in Yorkville Highlands, a low vigor and steeply terraced vineyard on the edge of ripening for Petite Sirah. This vineyard was previously utilized by Carlisle. The 2013 Halcón Tierra is 100% Petite Sirah. Aged in 25% new oak, this wine was ferm... Read More

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  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2013


    Dark blueish purple in color. Fairly sprightly tart nose. Lots of berry on the tip of the tongue--red raspberry with, maybe, a touch of less-than-fully-ripe strawberry. Good acid tartness (suggested by my strawberry characterization) makes for a refreshing glass. Fairly full-bodied. Tanniphobes have no reason to fear this one. It is quite ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2013


    PnPed. Fairly dark red color. Subdued nosemay open up with more airbut there is noticeable dried fruit hits. On the tongue and under the palate, there is a delightful but light initial hit of dark fruitIm sticking with the dried fruit idea and saying prunewithout a lot of fruity sweetness. Not unexpectantly, this isn't the biggest red wine i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Al, my comment about the wine list pics was pretty stupid.  Keep up the ... the ... to the soil in the Yorkville Highland Read More

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  • Halcon Estate Red Rhone Blend "Esquisto" Yorkville Highlands 2012


    Bright red color. Strawberry Preserves on the nose with some smokiness. Very bright on the tongue. Lots of red fruit. Something of an effervescence on the tip edges of the tongue. Comfortable tannin and good supporting acid. I think this wine has some mid-term aging potential, (I think various components could be better integrated), but ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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