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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Girasole Vineyards

    Charlie Barra planted the home ranch, Redwood Valley Vineyards, in 1955, and has farmed approxima...

  • Rosati Family Winery

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

  • Pacific Star Winery

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

  • RIVINO Winery

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

  • Bonterra Vineyards

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

  • 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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  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% ... others in Sonoma up towards Mendocino, as well. You may have to up your budget a little, but the rewards are, IMHO, worth it. Do you drink mostly North American pinots, or also French? And any sangiovese besides Chianti?Hopefully one or our regulars who lives in Son... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • DMCKER, Also to answer your previous post: o Isaac, how many ... in ... ... in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Ha! We don't get to the Napa / Sonoma Valley's nearly enough. We do have some connections in the wine industry from winemaking, to production to ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HELP! Conducting a Survey for...


  • So Isaac, how many roadtrips do you guys take out of Berkeley on a weekend or ... ... in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Am also curious (and indicated that in my response) as to what demographics you're targeting for the crowdfunding/outside investor portio... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HELP! Conducting a Survey for...


  • Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Total fruit bomb. Low dollar price is still too much. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Pinot Gris Small Lot Blend 2012

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    Aromas of lemon hard candy greet the nose along with a suggestion of spearmint and green pear skins. A bit soft in the mouth, though very broad, this is rather mouth filling with subtle flavors of raw nut meats, green apples and citrus pith along with a little cooked fruit character. Easy drinking with a very modest finish, this smells better t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • "It seems you People only drink California wines. Is it a patriotic stand ... example.However Sonoma/Napa/Mendocino/SantaCruz/Monterey/SanLuisObispo/SantaBarbara is not the be all and end all of good wine on earth. I'll put the French syrahs I drink up against Sonoma versions any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Oz even has some good one... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • So when it's Saturday in our house, we open some fun stuff. Started out ... 2005.  Extremely nice Mendocino bubbles, dry and crisp with just the slightest hint of apricot. Then grilled some salmon and yellow squash and opened a 2010 Walter Hansel Pinot. This pinot is big and lively enough that maybe even GregT might enjoy it ; ).  Loads of dar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Roederer Estate Brut l'Ermitage Vintage 2005

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    Very nice bubbles from Mendocino - Roederer Estate. Nice yeasty, biscuit with a touch of dried apricot. Tight bubbles, nice acidity and a medium finish, there's a lot to like here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by XZYMURGIST


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