Mendocino Wine

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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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Subregions of Mendocino

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  • Sketchbook

    Mendocino is the home of towering redwoods and craggy bluffs overlooking the rugged Pacific coast...

  • RIVINO Winery

    We are a small boutique winery located in Mendocino County. We make only estate wines from our fa...

  • Husch Vineyards

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

  • Pacific Star Winery

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

  • Girasole Vineyards

    Charlie Barra planted the home ranch, Redwood Valley Vineyards, in 1955, and has farmed approxima...

  • McNab Ridge Winery

    McNab Ridge Winery combines the pioneering wine-making spirit of John Parducci with the new tradi...

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  • Parducci Pinot Noir Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Creamy strawberries on the nose; a classic pink Starburst aroma. Bouquets of berries twirl around the palate, coming to a quick, taut and quietly tannic finish. This is a great easy-drinking wine that will satisfy any Pinot craving, for certain! Read More

    Wine review by Claudia Angelillo


  • 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


  • Parducci Pinot Noir Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Lightly spiced nose of unripe cherry, earth and a hint of cedar. Dark and rustic flavors - burnt toast, cooked prunes and raspberry compote. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Mud Pie Zinfandel 2010

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    Low aromas of blackberries and earth greet the nose followed by handfuls of strawberries and hints of dried herbs. Just a hint of sweetness is apparent on entry then this follows up with rather full throttle yet bright Zinfandel berry fruit that is both slightly spicy and aromatically a bit herbal and certainly brambly in the mouth. This is a b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bliss Zinfandel 2010

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    Fresh and precise on the nose with a lovely array of boysenberry pie, slightly used wood, sandalwood, and gentle allspice aromas. Cool on entry and a little dull at first, this does turn itself around showing attractive hard candy like flavors of red fruits on the palate that are taut and transparent with lovely nuanced wood spice and earth and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hot here too. Popped a refresher.Funny seeing something from Mendocino with the name Indica come in a liquid.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Roederer Estate Brut NV

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    Really nice Anderson Valley bubbly. Tight and abundant bubbles, a nice yeasty nose. Dry and citrusy with a bit of bread dough and creamy lemon on the palate. The finish is medium long with a kick of lemon drop on the end. This has excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Muscardini Cellars Barbera Ukiah Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by SpaceBoy


  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% ... others in Sonoma up towards Mendocino, as well. You may have to up your budget a little, but the rewards are, IMHO, worth it. Do you drink mostly North American pinots, or also French? And any sangiovese besides Chianti?Hopefully one or our regulars who lives in Son... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • DMCKER, Also to answer your previous post: o Isaac, how many ... in ... ... in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Ha! We don't get to the Napa / Sonoma Valley's nearly enough. We do have some connections in the wine industry from winemaking, to production to ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HELP! Conducting a Survey for...


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