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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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Mendocino

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  • Graziano Family of Wines

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

  • 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 ...

  • Rosati Family Winery

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

  • Seabiscuit Ranch

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

  • Edmeades Winery

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

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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


  • Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2014

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    Chocolate, blackberries and black currant on the nose with a dusty moist earth and even a bit of red fruit. Bright and cheerful palate of fresh spice, zesty acidity, cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit and a pleasantly long mixed berry and cocoa powder finish that's glazed with a bit of medicine Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Halcon Esquisto Yorkville Highlands 2016

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    Something of a volatile nose. Lots of red fruit on the tip of the tongue. Sadly, sweeter than I normally enjoy. When I hold the wine in my mouth for a few seconds, I get a stony flavor or sensation. This wine seems a little bit hot to me--not enough to really bother me, though. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013

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    Dark rich and savory aromas of minerality, blackberry and black currant fruit. Full bodied and bold on the palate, presenting mostly black fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant, a core of spice and leather running through this with a finish that's austere yet still juicy. Finishes with great length of fruit and a bit of earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel Mendocino County 2015

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    Woody pencil shaving and ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit aromas. Spicy, bold and assertive with black strap molasses and blackberry preserve fruit, full acidity and a tangy, tart and tannic finish of milk chocolate and vanilla bean. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Mendocino County 2013

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    Soft cherry, milk chocolate cocoa powder and violets with a mellow spice on the nose. Starts off delicate on the palate but develops into a bold, assertive wine of structure and rich flavors, dark chocolate and bramble fruit and herbal licorice on the finish. Read More

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  • Parducci Wine Cellars Brut 2010

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    fruity bubbly clean Read More

    Wine review by sadiedevin


  • Redwood Creek Chardonnay 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


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