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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Bliss Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Carol Shelton Wines

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

  • Philo Ridge Vineyards

    Welcome to Philo Ridge Winery Situated up a 5.33 mile dirt road sits Philo Ridge Vineyards. This ...

  • Sketchbook

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

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  • Navarro Vineyards White Blend Mendocino County Edelzwicker 2013

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    Nice and inexpensive Mendocino white blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Muscat. There's not as much aromatics, as I'd expect for this blend. From the glass there is some nice notes of tangerine, ripe peach, a nice creamy texture, medium acidity and a medium finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Redwood Creek Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    Wine review by Khriz


  • Bonterra Chardonnay 2013

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    Wine review by ellatnyc


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2012

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    Red fruit on the nose. On the tip of the tongue, there is a hit of red raspberry, but modulated by plum flavors. A savory wine. I would describe the tannins as moderate, at most. There is plenty of acid, though. So, this is, certainly, an age-worthy wine. Something of a mineral thing going on way in the back of the palate. Very pleasant, ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lucha, we're looking forward to the outcome.Going back a way to JD's ... ... whenever I went up to Mendocino back in the day (sounding like DMcker now), and lived with a woman with family in Comptche, so we spent a lot of time there.  My wife doesn't like Gewurz, so we don't buy it, but that's probably the best one made in the US that I have ... Read More

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  • Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Fairly light-bodiedprobably falls into the AFWE mold. Light hit of red fruit on entry. Some supporting tannin, but not much. Same for acidits there, but not over the top. An easy to drink winewith or without accompanying food. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Much better than my experience with this wine a year ago. Nose of dried fruit and of black pepper. On the tongue, the dried fruit shows upapricot, prune, maybe, cranberry. Towards mid-palate earthiness, meatiness and some heat emerges. Acid suggests lemon. Quite firm, but, certainly, not upfront tannin. Lengthy, pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Roederer Estate Brut l'Ermitage Vintage 2005

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    Green apple, yeasty, Stoney aroma and flavors. More fruity and forward with less minerality than a champagne. Good firm structure. The finish is long and structured. Read More

    Wine review by Billdo99


  • Lioco 'Indica' Old Vine Carignane 2012

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    Fruity and light with berry notes and light tannins. Very smooth and easy to drink! Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • I haven t had a lot of stand out California Grenache. I've tastes a lot ... the Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County at his Halcon vineyard. I've had a Rosé that he bottled. Little of a few years back and he puts 65% Grenache into his Equisto GMS blend that is delicious. Yet to taste a stand alone Grenache from him and chances are i never w... Read More

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