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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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Varietals Produced in Mendocino View all

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Mendocino

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  • Philo Ridge Vineyards

    Welcome to Philo Ridge Winery Situated up a 5.33 mile dirt road sits Philo Ridge Vineyards. This ...

  • Ceago Estate Wines

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

  • Rosati Family Winery

    The Rosati Family believes in coming together often. We enjoy our many family celebrations that a...

  • Seabiscuit Ranch

    The story of Seabiscuit lives on in the heart of America. Everyone loves the tale of this stocky,...

  • Pacific Star Winery

    The West Coast's only ocean-side winery was bonded in 1988 by winemaker-proprietor Sally Ottoson,...

  • Bonterra Vineyards

    We've been farming organically since 1987. Because it's our belief that organic grapes make bette...

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  • Fetzer Riesling 2011

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    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    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


  • Steele Pacini Zinfandel Mendocino North Coast 2007

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Vintjs Mendocino County Carignane 2013

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    Fruity and a bit earthy on the nose. Likewise the palate is fruity and a bit earthy with little acidity and almost no tannins or finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • OT, duh. Don't know what I was thinking, other than not having been there ... ... be Lake Co., rather than Mendocino. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Parducci Petite Sirah Reserve True Grit 2012

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    This is definitely a food wine due to the extreme dryness. Well balanced, full bodied, nice strong finish. I liked it with steak. It was overly dry solo. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... X 2011 Alicante Bouschet -- Mendocino County (12.0% ABV) 2 X 2009 Petite Sirah -- Mounts Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.1% ABV) 2 X 2013 Abundance -- Field Blend from 1890 Block, A.J. Duckhorn Vineyard, Russian RIver Valley (12.9% ABV) 2 X 2007 Fog Line, Two Vine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Consilience Zinfandel Rhode's Vineyard 2007

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    This is a big, bold, jammy, chocolatey wine that shows you it's flavors in layers. I've never had anything like it before or since. I am brokenhearted that the Rhodes Vineyard will no longer be a source for these grapes. No more layered divine deliciousness. Read More

    Wine review by lizzratt


  • Bedrock Alder Springs Syrah 2012

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    Subdued black fruit aromas, with something of a fungal/mushroomy suggestion. Subtle hit of blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Initial fruit sensation evolves to an earthiness, and, then a steely flavor. Pretty serious tannin and acid suggest that I not open up future bottles for some time. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013

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    Pretty red color. Muted, dusty nose. Hit of raspberry or cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then some earthinessnot as much as Im used to seeing in Carignanes. This is followed by serious acid tartness. Drying tannins are apparent, but they are different from tannins that I get from Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel. Not terribly heavy. This ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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