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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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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  • Edmeades Winery

    The first row of vines were barely in the ground when the neighbors began lining up to lean on th...

  • Husch Vineyards

    Husch Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery. It is the oldest winery in the Ande...

  • Ceago Estate Wines

    Ceago Vinegarden is owned by Jim Fetzer, former President of Fetzer Vineyards. Jim grew up with ...

  • Jeriko Estate Winery & Visitors Center

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

  • Bliss Vineyards

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

  • Carol Shelton Wines

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

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  • Bedrock Alder Springs Syrah 2013

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    Oh, wow. A nice, light introduction of fruitblackberry, plum, maybe, even, pomegranate. Nice savoriness as the wine passes back. Noticeable, but very sedate tannin. Nice, lip-smacking acid gives it freshness. There will be no Day 2 report on this wine. ;-) Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Nice to see people enjoying some bottles with a few years on them! I have a ... ... Edelzwicker. This Mendocino white blend starts out with a really nice floral and slightly lemony nose. From the glass there's a creamy tongue coating texture that provides a nice path for the slightly sweet ripe pear, a hint of clove and maybe even a touch of ... Read More

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  • Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Light application of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. That dissipates fairly quickly and there is some dustiness mid-palate. Surprisingly noticeable tannin. Some acid tartness. Medium bodied. As I noted a year ago, an easy wine to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Sauvignon Blanc Small Lot Blend Mendocino County 2015

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    Lemon zest and a hint of a green, peppery grassy note on the nose. Juicy and full in the mouth, with lovely tropical fruit notes of mango and papaya, lemon lime and a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sketchbook Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2014

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    Darkly smoked notes of strawberry and raspberry with burnt earth and tar notes. This is more fruity in the mouth, but a bit tart with cranberry and strawberry fruit and a whole lot of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Moniker Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2014

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    Cool black cherry and dark warm spice on the nose make for a pleasant combination with perfumed tea leaf, raspberry and black pepper notes. This is a touch herbal on entry and hiding its fruit a bit behind waves of sticky tar, toast and oak but towards the finish there's a bloom of cherry and raspberry with good length and structure. Read More

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  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2014

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    Dark baking spice and oak notes with dark plum, cherry and raisin fruit. Loads of acidity on the palate giving a puckering freshness on the attack with loads of cherry, mixed berry and licorice notes leading up to a full oak spice and smoky cherry syrup finish that has notes of medicine and a creamy texture. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ha! You're correct, Foxall. For some reason I was thinking it was closer down towards Mendocino. Maybe I'll take a trip up to Ferndale?  I haven't been there since I was a kid.  And I hear Benbow Inn is nice at Christmas... maybe next year.  I am still wanting to taste those Briceland Pinots! Read More

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  • NG, I think you go past Mendocino County before you get to Andrew's family's winery. They are in Humboldt, past the Benbow Inn off 101.  I'm going to try to get up there one of these days--about as far north as winemaking goes in Cali. Read More

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  • Hi Andrew!Not doing the BD, but I was recently thinking of you. We were supposed to be up in Mendocino around the holidays but the plans got changed. I was going to contact you regarding a tasting- I saw the Prince of Pinot rating and am curious    I am hoping to be up before the end of the year, as I have to reschedule my vacay rental. Is your ... Read More

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