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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Ceago Estate Wines

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

  • Edmeades Winery

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

  • Carol Shelton Wines

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

  • Girasole Vineyards

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

  • Eaglepoint Ranch Winery

    Eaglepoint Ranch Winery is a partnership between sparkling-wine pioneer and chocolate-maker John ...

  • Husch Vineyards

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

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  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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


  • Zig Zag Zin 2013

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    Had this with lunch the other day. Nice darkness in the glass but other than the opaque color, not much to recommend this one. Surprisingly light, tart, acidic, and dry. Very little fruit. My experience was far from the tasting notes on the winery page - Zinfandel is our first love, and Zig Zag Zin is noexception. This is a HEADY multifaceted wi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    This wine may define savoriness in a Syrah. Nothing like my experience with the same wine two years ago. Very gentle red fruit on entry and, then, an almost saltiness. I still have yet to taste bacon in a Syrah, but I suspect that is the direction this one is going. Sedate tanninconsistent with two years of aging since my last report. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Callaway Coastal Hybrid Red Blend

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    great wine for every day drinking - smooth and full on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dawny54


  • Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Two Creek Vineyards 2014

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    Had at Eddie Merlot's as part of flight Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


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