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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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of Mendocino

Popular Wineries in Mendocino View all

  • RIVINO Winery

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

  • McNab Ridge Winery

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

  • Husch Vineyards

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

  • Bonterra Vineyards

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

  • Girasole Vineyards

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

  • Jeriko Estate Winery & Visitors Center

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

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  • Parducci Wine Cellars Brut 2010

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    fruity bubbly clean Read More

    Wine review by sadiedevin


  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Zig Zag Zin 2013

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    Had this with lunch the other day. Nice darkness in the glass but other than the opaque color, not much to recommend this one. Surprisingly light, tart, acidic, and dry. Very little fruit. My experience was far from the tasting notes on the winery page - Zinfandel is our first love, and Zig Zag Zin is noexception. This is a HEADY multifaceted wi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    This wine may define savoriness in a Syrah. Nothing like my experience with the same wine two years ago. Very gentle red fruit on entry and, then, an almost saltiness. I still have yet to taste bacon in a Syrah, but I suspect that is the direction this one is going. Sedate tanninconsistent with two years of aging since my last report. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Callaway Coastal Hybrid Red Blend

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    great wine for every day drinking - smooth and full on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dawny54


  • Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Two Creek Vineyards 2014

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    Had at Eddie Merlot's as part of flight Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I ... snagged2x 2016 LIOCO Indica Mendocino Rose of CarignaneWe've been running low on pink wine as Dava has been avoiding big reds due to occaisonal headaches so I have been reloading them whenever posisble.Last night we popped one of the Gathers and it was delicious. A goo... Read More

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  • Graziano Zinfandel 2010

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    Murky, almost prune color. Red berries on the nose, but also volatility. Nice hit of plum and red berry on the tongue. As the wine move back, you realize that tannins are fully resolved. Regardless, this is a big, mouth-filling wine. Definitely, some heat on the rear palate is distracting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You ... PCH (as much as possible) to Mendocino in a couple of days, then learned an emergency meant I needed to be in Walla Walla the next day so rode straight through overnight. Was walking bowlegged for a day or two after that.Mark, that Sturgis workaround wasn't hardly invented... Read More

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  • OK, as a Social Security pensioner, I'm as interested in <$20 wines as ... ... Joe's 2013 Reserve Mendocino Red Wine.  (Ooh, Reserve.  It must be good.)   I'm here to tell you, it's pretty darned good.  Not great, but, to me, better than most low-dollar Spanish Garnachas that are available to me.Rant over..; Read More

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