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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • Yorkville Cellars

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

  • Bink Wines

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

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

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    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


  • Spell Estate Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.Our Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir is highlighted by earthy, smoky notes and ... Read More

    Wine review by spellestate


  • Isn't it though? Enjoy that Mark, it's the last vintage for that ... ... some nice Syrahs from the Yorkville Highlands including Copain and Halcon. Excited to try this. Right now it's all wound up so I'm going to let it breath for a few hours. Initially the nose is loaded with roasted meat notes and the palate is sweet red fruit. I'll check ba... Read More

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  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Ive heard of wines being in their dumb stage early in their bottled life, and Im wondering if thats what I have here. It doesnt seem to have much verve or integration. This is a wine that does not blow me away with fruit. There are some hints of cherry, but mainly I get a mineral or stone flavors. Gripping tannin and some acid tartness. Act... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Rose Oeil de Perdrix Mendocino County Yorkville Highlands Caymus 2012

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    Decent rose of pinot noir. Subtle red cherry, a bit of acidity although a bit lighter than I care for. Nice deck wine but for the price I expect a bit more flavor even for a rose. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mark's SyrahsBEDROCK/NORTH COAST'12APSARA/CARNEROS/LAS MADRES .../YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS'10HALCON/ALTURAS/YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS'11HALCON/ALTURAS/YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS'11HALCON/ALTURAS/YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS'11KEENAN/NAPA VALLEY'09KEENAN/NAPA VALLEY'10LAGIER MEREDITH/MOUNT VEEDER/NAPA VALLEY'07LAGIER MEREDITH/MOUNT VEEDER/NAPA VALLEY'11LEWIS CELLARS/ALEC'... Read More

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  • Wattle Creek the Triple Play 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Spell Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • We did some baby killing last night.White starter - 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. ... ... ... "Les Voisins" Yorkville Highlands - 12.8% abv - Fruit from three great sites, Halcon, Hawkes Butte and High Rock Ranch, go into this $30 value play from Copain. This was young and still pretty primary blue and dark red fruit with violets and a huge juicy cor... Read More

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  • Yorkville Cellars Sémillon Yorkville Highlands Randle Hill Vineyard 2012

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    A very crisp and clean semillon from Mendocino County. Subtle citrus fruit, medium acidity, slight floral undertones. Just a really nice, well balanced white. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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