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The Mendocino AVA lies within the Mendocino County region in the North Coast territory of California. It is located well inland of the Pacific Coast, but still benefits from its cooling effects. It’s a broad region with many subregions, with a vast range of styles. Cooler climate districts tend to grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc while warmer climes go for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. But each subregion has its own character:

-Cole Ranch: less rainfall, warmer days, but high elevation and cool nights to retain acidity in the grapes.
-McDowell Valley: known for Rhone varietals Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Marsanne and Viognier.
-Potter Valley: high humidity creates perfect growing conditions for botrytis late harvest dessert wines from Semillon and Riesling as well as dry wines. 
-Redwood Valley:  soil types well suited for reds, especially Rhone and Italian varietals. 
-Yorkville Highlands: long growing season and microclimates 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Eaglepoint Ranch Winery

    Eaglepoint Ranch Winery is a partnership between sparkling-wine pioneer and chocolate-maker John ...

  • Graziano Family of Wines

    Gregory Graziano's grandfather, Vincenzo Graziano, and his wife Angela, first planted vineyards ...

  • Husch Vineyards

    Husch Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery. It is the oldest winery in the Ande...

  • Parducci Wine Cellars

    Parducci Wine Cellars makes environment-friendly choices because they are the right ones. Righ...

  • Ceago Estate Wines

    Ceago Vinegarden is owned by Jim Fetzer, former President of Fetzer Vineyards. Jim grew up with ...

  • Mendocino Wine Co.

    Paul Dolan along with Tom, Tim, and Tommy Thornhill Jr. have come together to create Mendocino Wi...

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  • Cabot Pinot Noir Nash Mill Vineyard 2011

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    Red plum colorslightly darker than most trendy California PNs you see these days. Interesting fruit flavors on entrysome black cherry but more stone fruit, plum, I guess. Medium-bodied. Fruit is neutralized mid-palate with earthiness and acid. Acid is what really makes this an enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Great vineyard source up in the high mountains of Mendocino County EMark. Cheers!  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Alesia Alder Springs Syrah 2011

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    Woody briary nose. Medium-bodied wine. Variety of flavors on the tip of the tonguesome red berry. Some wood or briary thing, some mineral. Not particularly tannic and not overly acidic. Some fugal or mushroomy thing on the back of the palate and the aftertaste. Very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Black Kite Angel Hawk Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Bright cherry blossom and raspberry aromas on the nose. Cool and fresh in the mouth, this has great lift and acidity through the mid palate with notes of raspberry, ripe cherry and mixed berry, a fair bit of spice showing as well towards the finish and a bit of herb overlaying perceptible tannic structure and a tart earthy note to top it off. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio California NV

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    This is a super value Pinot Gris at under $10, you can't miss this one! Clear, with yellow tinges and even slight grey tones. The aromas are clean, crisp and slightly acidic, with dominant pear, apple and apricot pits. The flavors follow suit, with well rounded acidity on the palate, and robust pear and apple making up the flavor profile. Just s... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio

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    This is a super value Pinot Gris at under $10, you can't miss this one! Clear, with yellow tinges and even slight grey tones. The aromas are clean, crisp and slightly acidic, with dominant pear, apple and apricot pits. The flavors follow suit, with well rounded acidity on the palate, and robust pear and apple making up the flavor profile. Ju... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Copain Pinot Noir les Voisins 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Lazy Creek Vineyards Gewürztraminer Anderson Valley 2014

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    Lightly floral honeysuckle and thistle flower aromas with baked apple notes and hints of tea leaf on the nose. More tea leaf on the palate with good ripe acidity, this turns quite ripe and freshly fruity in the mouth with white peach and melon flavors and a hint of lemon zest and oak on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ferrari Carano Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge 2014

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    Nicely floral notes of violets and ripe cherry with notes of sweet spice on the nose. This has some good acidity coming through and is a touch medicinal with notes of licorice, ripe cherry, blueberry and a creamy finish. Herbal and oaky with soft through through the mid palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2013

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    Very much an oaky, buttery nose. Yup. Serious butter or, maybe even, butterscotch (without the sweetness) on the tongue. A touch of tropical fruit flavor towards the back of the palate. Some tartness at the back of the palate, but, generally, fairly light on acid. Suggestion of mint and cinnamon (?) on the aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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