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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Graziano Family of Wines

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

  • Jeriko Estate Winery & Visitors Center

    JERIKO ESTATE, located on the west side of Highway 101 just north of the small town of Hopland, i...

  • Topel Winery

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

  • Rosati Family Winery

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

  • Mendocino Wine Co.

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

  • Parducci Wine Cellars

    Parducci Wine Cellars makes environment-friendly choices because they are the right ones. Righ...

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  • Duckhorn Migration Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2012

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    Had at Ruth Chris. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Champ de Reves Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Elegantly spiced cherry cola and black raspberry aromas with floral notes of crushed violets and a hint of rosemary. This is a bit tart on the palate with fruit forward notes of blueberry, spiced black cherry and red licorice. Well textured tannins grace the mid palate and lead into a finish of cinnamon spice, cranberry, cherry compote and a tou... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Copain Hawks Butte Syrah Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Brutocao Quadriga Hopeland Ranches 2011

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    wonderful blend, quiet, peaceful yet strong and resilient just like a good wine should be. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Redwood Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Edmeades Gianoli Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge 2013

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    Powerful aromatics of earthy salinity, ripe raspberry and black cherry and a floral violet note on the nose. This is nicely heated on the palate, with a well rounded spice box of cinnamon, clove and anise coming through and more black cherry and bright red fruits washing over towards the finish that turns floral again right before it becomes all... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Moniker Chardonnay 2014

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    Cool and spicy forenote on the nose, this comes in with soft apple, ripe pear and peach notes and floral aromatics. The theme continues on the palate with more cool fruit flavors, zesty spice and full fruited character of apple, peach, lemon and melon with a powerful note of earthiness and oakiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Edmeades Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel Mendocino County 2013

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    Dark plum and rich mixed berries on the nose with dried fig and starchy dates with a note of baking spice to boot. This is pleasantly earthy in the mouth but still carries a real depth of fruit, with tart cranberry notes and ripe blackberry notes mixing amidst a full spice box and vanilla bean finish that comes with some red licorice and a touch... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2011

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    Some flowers on the noseorange blossom. Thats a first for this wine. Gentle hit of red fruit on introductionhints of red plum, red raspberry, red cherries. I think the plum that I am seeing is in the form of acidic tartness which makes this very drinkable. Medium-bodied. Very tame tannin. A pleasant, if not terribly lengthy, finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Redwood Creek 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by JordyB


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