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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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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  • Rosati Family Winery

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

  • Carol Shelton Wines

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

  • Bonterra Vineyards

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

  • Graziano Family of Wines

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

  • Philo Ridge Vineyards

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

  • Mendocino Wine Co.

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

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Mendocino on Snooth

  • Stark Wine Company Carignane Trimble Vineyard 2012

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    My 1/8, the groups 5/8 Jammy and fruity on the nose with attractive gingerbread oak tones working well with violet, cocoa, and chocolate-laced wild berry fruit aromas. Bright, clean and fresh in the mouth with gorgeous berry fruit and a suggestion of watermelon freshness that shows fine purity and expresses the violets and chocolate found on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I was thinking more that it's time for a professional like Spurrier to take ... ... Napa, Santa Barbara, Mendocino, etc., not to mention many places in Washington. And from nearly nothing it's like the fifth most planted grape in Spain these days and it's done well in parts of South Africa and Chile. And from different regions in Australia the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...


  • One more stir to the pot. Where are you going to do it? In Tain??Have to admit ... ... excuses for roadtrips to Mendocino).  I'll be with you guys in spirit if not body.. Read More

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  • Woodenhead Zinfandel Mendocino County Guido Venturi Vineyard 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • That's why I was asking Outthere about boots-on-the-ground in Sonoma. ... ... ... are still very real in Mendocino.Now when it comes to the fearmongering Outthere references, the meat and potatoes for some time now for oh so many politicians and lesser journalists or bloggers (as well as consultants, lobbyists and industrialists), here's some... Read More

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  • Thank you for posting.  Great line-up! Read More

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  • Hi Snooth Universe,We're hosting twelve wineries for a celebration of Mendocino Bubblies food and wine event in about a month and would like to list the event on Snooth. Any suggestions on how? Here's the event page for more info: http://www.destinationhopland.com/events/1424/celebration-of-mendocino-sparkling-wines  Read More

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  • Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay Mendocino County 2011

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    Meggin likes Read More

    Wine review by mpe1


  • Parducci Pinot Noir Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Very fruity and smooth given the price. Strawberry flavors very light! Would definitely drink again Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • Duckhorn Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Decoy 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by jcooper924


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