Mendocino Wine

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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Mendocino

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  • Mendocino Wine Co.

    Paul Dolan along with Tom, Tim, and Tommy Thornhill Jr. have come together to create Mendocino Wi...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Topel Winery

    Topel Winery and its Hidden Vineyard are perched on the east side of Duncan Peak — 1400 feet abov...

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  • Sandlands Carignane Mendocino County 2013

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    Lightly fruited nosered berries, some dustiness. On the tongue, again, a light hit of red raspberry very (very) little suggestion of fruit sweetness. In fact, if anything there is more a suggestion of viney bitterness. Medium-bodied. To me, this one is fairly light on tannin, and the acid seems more sour than tart. I enjoy it, but it doesn... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2014

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    Quite dark in the glass. Rustic, woodsy nose. Fair amount of red fruit on entrycherry, raspberry. Observable but fairly tame tannin and acid makes this a pretty easy drinker. Certainly, not the most complex wine in the world, but, definitely, an enjoyable one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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  • Scharffenberger Brut Exellence NV

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    Consistently excellent over the years. Our go-to sparkling wine when we can find it. Read More

    Wine review by Scrat777777


  • Edmeades' Folly Blend Mendocino County 2013

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    Red fruit aromas of cranberry, cherry and raspberry with dark spice and earthy oaken vanilla. The palate is quite creamy and soft with delicate texture developing into zesty spice, dark chocolate, blackberry and melted butter towards the silky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Viognier Mendocino County 2015

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    Lightly floral aromas of honeysuckle and rose petal with underlying steely mineral fruit notes of lemon. Juicy and emollient in the mouth, showing approachable ripe fruit notes of peach, apricot and green apple with delicate spice and a warm acidity throughout, finishing with a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir Potter Valley 2014

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    Dusty cherry and sweet baking spice aromas with a fair bit of ripe red fruit, mostly raspberry and strawberry. Expressive and generous palate of ripe cherry bunches, juicy strawberry and cranberry, chunky tannins supporting the palate and an herbal note towards the finish that ties the palate together, ending on a cool note of licorice and allsp... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Potter Valley 2015

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    Grassy white peach, lemon and clean floral notes on the nose. Juicy peach, melon and pink grapefruit notes present here with a warmth to the mid palate that highlights the acidity, herbal grassiness and cantaloupe on the finish. Clean, light and fruity. Read More

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  • Parducci Grenache Reserve Mendocino County 2014

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    Bright cherry and strawberry jams erupt in the glass and mingle with earthy and sweet baking spice and a note of zesty pepper. Gripping tannins add a fair bit of texture right from the attack, smoothing out into luscious red fruit notes of strawberry, raspberry and cherry, warm spice and a chewy, zesty finish. Read More

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  • Parducci Petite Verdot Reserve Mendocino County 2014

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    Dusty, earthy and inky with full blackberry aromas and an earthy essence of the farm included which adds character here. This is expansive in the mouth with an excellent backbone of acidity, drying tannins and herbal notes of light eucalyptus and dark, thick fruit flavors of black currant, bramble fruit and cherry. Finishes with a bit of smoke a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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