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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Varietals Produced in Mendocino View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Eaglepoint Ranch Winery

    Eaglepoint Ranch Winery is a partnership between sparkling-wine pioneer and chocolate-maker John ...

  • Topel Winery

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

  • Mendocino Wine Co.

    Paul Dolan along with Tom, Tim, and Tommy Thornhill Jr. have come together to create Mendocino Wi...

  • Carol Shelton Wines

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

  • McNab Ridge Winery

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

  • Bliss Vineyards

    In the late 1930s Irv Bliss was drawn to Mendocino County by its beautiful rolling hills and un...

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  • Scharffenberger Cellars Cremant NV NV

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    Really nice Mendocino sparkler. There's a nice doughy yeasty nose and a creamy mouthfeel. This is an interesting bubble since it is not super dry but also not sweet at all. Creamy smooth lemon/apple with just a touch of the biscuity flavor on the end with a semi-long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jac Cole Chardonnay Mendocino 2013

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    A Naked Wines selection. Nice little medium oaked Chardonnay. Notes of honey dew, underripe peach and a surprisingly fitting parsley and mint with hints of bright and tart lemon and lime. Good acidity with a long, though a bit metallic finish. Good price for an everyday medium oak Chardonnay. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Duckhorn Wine Company Migration Pinot Noir 2011

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    Had at Ruth Chris on northside Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Husch Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Reserve 2010

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    Fantastic Anderson Valley pinot. Starts off with a great nose of crushed rose petals and strawberry. Extremely well balanced with mouth watering acidity, bing cherry, cranberry juice, light fine grained tannins and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Copain les Voisins Pinot Noir 2011

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Earlier this week we enjoyed the Flowers chardonnay recommended by Emark, last ... favs).Really nice rose of Mendocino Carignan. Subtle notes of strawberry, cranberry and rhubarb with excellent mouth watering acidit Read More

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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


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