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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Mendocino

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  • RIVINO Winery

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

  • Rosati Family Winery

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

  • Philo Ridge Vineyards

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

  • McNab Ridge Winery

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

  • Sketchbook

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

  • Parducci Wine Cellars

    Parducci Wine Cellars makes environment-friendly choices because they are the right ones. Righ...

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  • Moniker Chardonnay 2014

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    Cool and spicy forenote on the nose, this comes in with soft apple, ripe pear and peach notes and floral aromatics. The theme continues on the palate with more cool fruit flavors, zesty spice and full fruited character of apple, peach, lemon and melon with a powerful note of earthiness and oakiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Edmeades Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino County 2013

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    Powerful aromatics of earthy salinity, ripe raspberry and black cherry and a floral violet note on the nose. This is nicely heated on the palate, with a well rounded spice box of cinnamon, clove and anise coming through and more black cherry and bright red fruits washing over towards the finish that turns floral again right before it becomes all... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Some flowers on the noseorange blossom. Thats a first for this wine. Gentle hit of red fruit on introductionhints of red plum, red raspberry, red cherries. I think the plum that I am seeing is in the form of acidic tartness which makes this very drinkable. Medium-bodied. Very tame tannin. A pleasant, if not terribly lengthy, finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Redwood Creek 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by JordyB


  • Cabot Pinot Noir Nash Mill Vineyard 2011

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    Red plum colorslightly darker than most trendy California PNs you see these days. Interesting fruit flavors on entrysome black cherry but more stone fruit, plum, I guess. Medium-bodied. Fruit is neutralized mid-palate with earthiness and acid. Acid is what really makes this an enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Great vineyard source up in the high mountains of Mendocino County EMark. Cheers!  Read More

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  • Alesia Alder Springs Syrah 2011

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    Woody briary nose. Medium-bodied wine. Variety of flavors on the tip of the tonguesome red berry. Some wood or briary thing, some mineral. Not particularly tannic and not overly acidic. Some fungal or mushroomy thing on the back of the palate and the aftertaste. Very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Black Kite Angel Hawk Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Bright cherry blossom and raspberry aromas on the nose. Cool and fresh in the mouth, this has great lift and acidity through the mid palate with notes of raspberry, ripe cherry and mixed berry, a fair bit of spice showing as well towards the finish and a bit of herb overlaying perceptible tannic structure and a tart earthy note to top it off. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio California NV

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    This is a super value Pinot Gris at under $10, you can't miss this one! Clear, with yellow tinges and even slight grey tones. The aromas are clean, crisp and slightly acidic, with dominant pear, apple and apricot pits. The flavors follow suit, with well rounded acidity on the palate, and robust pear and apple making up the flavor profile. Just s... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio

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    This is a super value Pinot Gris at under $10, you can't miss this one! Clear, with yellow tinges and even slight grey tones. The aromas are clean, crisp and slightly acidic, with dominant pear, apple and apricot pits. The flavors follow suit, with well rounded acidity on the palate, and robust pear and apple making up the flavor profile. Ju... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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