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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • Edmeades Winery

    The first row of vines were barely in the ground when the neighbors began lining up to lean on th...

  • Husch Vineyards

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

  • Carol Shelton Wines

    Carol Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has won cou...

  • Jeriko Estate Winery & Visitors Center

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

  • Topel Winery

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

  • RIVINO Winery

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

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  • 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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  • Parducci True Grit Chardonnay Reserve Mendocino 2015

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    Vanilla and coconut aromas with a touch of green apple and ripe green melon on the nose. In the mouth this is fairly soft and smooth textured, creamy and buttery with notes of apple and pear, a bit of fresh green herb and spice towards the warm finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Porter Creek has a few interesting things.  They are right at a bend in ... They make a Carignane from Mendocino fruit that is tasty.  Barely a stone's throw from Casa OT.  We should all pack their minuscule tasting room some time.&nbs Read More

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  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    Bright red fruit flavor on entrycherry, plum. Savoriness arises mid-palate. Then, spicinessthe tongue tingles. A very interesting wine. Just a tad more tannin than I would have expected. Very refreshing acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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

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  • Dashe Dry Riesling Mcfadden Farm Potter Valley 2015

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    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


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