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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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  • Parducci Wine Cellars

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

  • Jeriko Estate Winery & Visitors Center

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

  • Sketchbook

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

  • Graziano Family of Wines

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

  • Mendocino Wine Co.

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

  • RIVINO Winery

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

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  • The first flight was '08 Copain and '09 Copain and Alturas. '08 ... ... burned out of control in Mendocino County. The smoke was so thick that there was only 1/4 mile visibility  2-1/2 jours south in Sonoma County. Paul said Halcón vineyard experienced a hard freeze that year that killed the first bloom and that the fires were out by the time ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

  • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2011


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    Wine review by XZYMURGIST

  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2012


    Really enjoyed this Rose of Pinot from (Duckhorn) Goldeneye in Mendocino. Loads of bright red and bing cherry, a bit of strawberry/rhubarb, nice acidity and a decent finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Bliss Zinfandel 2010


    16.96 --> 12.96 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112

  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2011


    Lovely, clear straw color. Very pleasant nosepeaches, green apples. Delightfully delicate on the palate. Not your mothers oaky/buttery Chardonnay. More in the style of a white Burgundy than a trendy California Chardonnay. Flavors are delicate hints of green apple or peach. Excellent tartness makes this a very refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Toad Hollow Chardonnay Mendocino County Unoaked Francine's Selection 2007


    A very 'oaky' Unoaked Chardonnay, but 'big' , great viscous mouth feel and loads of mineral tastes. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • EM - that 2007 Goldeneye Pinot Noir must have been a tasty treat.  My wife ... ... Anderson Valley, but the Mendocino area) with her swordfish fillet that she grilled next to my steak. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2007


    Pretty, red translucence in the glass. Very gentle, close to earthy, maybe, mushroomy nose. Very light on the tongue. Thankfully, does not blast me with cherry flavor at the tip of the tongue. It definitely firms up as it moves past the tongue and palate. The initial lightness frightened me, at first, but in the back of the mouth firm tann... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • After Willamette, on your way down the coast, you should take it very slow and ... spend some time once you hit Mendocino. Then the Sonoma Coast. Only then Napa.It's kinda like driving from San Fran down to Disneyland, Napa being that. The best part of the trip is Big Sur and Santa Barbara and Malibu, which in my parallel are the other wine re... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs

  • Bedrock Grenache Gibson Ranch Mendocino 2013


    Not the clearest color I've ever seen in a wine. It's just a tad murky with a tinge of yellow. Very "fresh" noseslight berry and slight citrus hints. Delightful on entry to the mouthquite light, some berry/cherry flavors. A somewhat unusual mouth-feel that I think might be from a lack of acid. There is little or no tartness in this one. Aft... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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