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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Sketchbook

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

  • Pacific Star Winery

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

  • Graziano Family of Wines

    Gregory Graziano's grandfather, Vincenzo Graziano, and his wife Angela, first planted vineyards ...

  • Parducci Wine Cellars

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

  • Seabiscuit Ranch

    The story of Seabiscuit lives on in the heart of America. Everyone loves the tale of this stocky,...

  • McNab Ridge Winery

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

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  • Parducci Petite Sirah Mendocino County 2014

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    Darkly concentrated blackberry aromas with bold spice and black cherry notes. Tart red fruit notes on the palate, cranberry and strawberry with a thick palate of strong chewy tannins and a hot, spiced finish of clove, blueberry compote and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Halcon Tierra Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    Not as dark in the glass as many PSes are. Very fruit, and slightly floral, nose. A very full-bodied wine that enters with nice cherry flavor. Surprisingly, light on tannin. A sturdy wine. Tannin and acid, both of which are noticeable. seem to be in very good harmony with each other and with fruit. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Been almost 4 months but I finally cracked.Limerick Lane1 - 2015 RRV Zinfandel4 ... ... Rosé, North Coast Mendocino2 - 2017 Gamay Noir, Barsotti Vineyard, El DoradoDesire Lines Wine Co.1 - 2015 Griffin’s Lair Syrah Petaluma Gap4 - Cole Ranch RieslingBack on hold no Read More

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  • Bonterra Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2016

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    Dusty notes of plum, raspberry and mixed baking spice on the nose. Nicely textured on the palate, a touch medicinal with cherry cola and zesty spice. Black cherry and red currant fruit with a bit of resinous earth coming through, some licorice and a bold spice to the finish. Read More

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  • Sketchbook Artist's Red Blend Mendocino County 2014

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    Dark cola and raspberry aromas, firmly red fruited and bright with cinnamon spice. Cherry cola and cranberry fruit on the palate with a bit of licorice root on the finish. Read More

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  • Moniker Chardonnay Mendocino County 2015

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    Vanishing oak and spiced green apple aromas, a touch floral with a note of oat straw. Cool, breezy notes of peach and green apple on the palate, a pleasant acidity and creamy texture finishing with mixed spice, a bit of tart melon and potpourri. Read More

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  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013

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    Inky black and smoky with candied plum and licorice aromas and dark fruit notes of blackberry preserves and mineral earth. This is deep, dark and bottomless with good complexity of fruit, expressing blackberry, black currant, prune and plum notes with a decent heft and a smooth mouthfeel. When that washes away theres a wave of thick tannins and ... Read More

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  • Tonight's (Sat) was to introduce a new member to various wines and ... the ... the grapes were sourced from Mendocino County - Badass Mike's Vineyard - more this wine later.  Next was this:This really is nuanced and loaded with layers of spice, herbal notes, cola, with good minerality, rounded tannins and great acidity.  It had length of fruit... Read More

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  • Some new wines from my son:From Botham Vineyards, one of the best vineyards in ... Bad Ass Mike Vineyards in Mendocino County Ca.  The Field 3 got a gold for the 2014 vintage may need to wait a little on this.  The sangiovese should be ready now.&nbs Read More

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  • Dirty & Rowdy Chenin Blanc 2016

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    Crystal clear, pretty, yellow color. Somewhat floral nose. On the tonguebone dry and quite tart. Very lean, and, probably, a good accompaniment with shellfish. Ill be testing that theory in about an hour. I like the crispnessit makes this a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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