Mendocino Wine

Add a photo
for this region?

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 »

View More

Popular wines made in Mendocino under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Mendocino View all

  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Mendocino View all

  • Rosati Family Winery

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

  • Topel Winery

    Topel Winery and its Hidden Vineyard are perched on the east side of Duncan Peak — 1400 feet abov...

  • Philo Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Jeriko Estate Winery & Visitors Center

    JERIKO ESTATE, located on the west side of Highway 101 just north of the small town of Hopland, i...

  • 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...

People getting updates on Mendocino Wines

Page 1 of 220

Mendocino on Snooth

  • Don't diss that Hearty Burgundy, it was often great QPR, or so I felt in ... north to Sonoma and Napa and Mendocino, I was already getting an education and becoming a little fussy. Anyway, a lot of that HB was downed by my circle of acquaintances, with few complaints. Of course as a mass-produced product it had variations from lot to lot, some... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Dashe Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farm Potter Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Fruity on the nose with lemon, grapefruit and green apple notes plush and fresh and a touch of oak. Perky acidity and a bit spicy on the palate, the citrus and stone fruit character continues with white peach, pink grapefruit and lemon pith, finishing with more oak notes that are more on the herbal side than the creamy side. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bedrock Alder Springs Syrah 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Oh, wow. A nice, light introduction of fruitblackberry, plum, maybe, even, pomegranate. Nice savoriness as the wine passes back. Noticeable, but very sedate tannin. Nice, lip-smacking acid gives it freshness. There will be no Day 2 report on this wine. ;-) Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Nice to see people enjoying some bottles with a few years on them! I have a ... ... Edelzwicker. This Mendocino white blend starts out with a really nice floral and slightly lemony nose. From the glass there's a creamy tongue coating texture that provides a nice path for the slightly sweet ripe pear, a hint of clove and maybe even a touch of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Light application of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. That dissipates fairly quickly and there is some dustiness mid-palate. Surprisingly noticeable tannin. Some acid tartness. Medium bodied. As I noted a year ago, an easy wine to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Sauvignon Blanc Small Lot Blend Mendocino County 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Lemon zest and a hint of a green, peppery grassy note on the nose. Juicy and full in the mouth, with lovely tropical fruit notes of mango and papaya, lemon lime and a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Darkly smoked notes of strawberry and raspberry with burnt earth and tar notes. This is more fruity in the mouth, but a bit tart with cranberry and strawberry fruit and a whole lot of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Moniker Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Cool black cherry and dark warm spice on the nose make for a pleasant combination with perfumed tea leaf, raspberry and black pepper notes. This is a touch herbal on entry and hiding its fruit a bit behind waves of sticky tar, toast and oak but towards the finish there's a bloom of cherry and raspberry with good length and structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Dark baking spice and oak notes with dark plum, cherry and raisin fruit. Loads of acidity on the palate giving a puckering freshness on the attack with loads of cherry, mixed berry and licorice notes leading up to a full oak spice and smoky cherry syrup finish that has notes of medicine and a creamy texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ha! You're correct, Foxall. For some reason I was thinking it was closer down towards Mendocino. Maybe I'll take a trip up to Ferndale?  I haven't been there since I was a kid.  And I hear Benbow Inn is nice at Christmas... maybe next year.  I am still wanting to taste those Briceland Pinots! Read More

    Forum post in the topic BerserkerDay Vlll - Jan 27 -...


1 2 3 4 5  ...  220 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Mendocino Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Mendocino wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network