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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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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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  • Girasole Vineyards

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

  • Graziano Family of Wines

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

  • Husch Vineyards

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

  • Parducci Wine Cellars

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

  • Seabiscuit Ranch

    The story of Seabiscuit lives on in the heart of America. Everyone loves the tale of this stocky,...

  • Pacific Star Winery

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

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  • Haven't a clue as to those pics from Italy but I do have a few of my own to contribute.Mendocino:Napa:Paso:OT's backyard:Willamette:Harvest in Puligny-Montrachet: Read More

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  • JD, late to the game but congrats on the anniversary! Have yet to sample ... ... the French Roederer owns the Mendocino Roederer. We visited the CA branch and were very happy with their products. So much so that now they're shipping us wine twice a yea Read More

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  • Unless you are incredibly lacking fortuna, you will find very good wine at most ... shows... all the way up to Mendocino and beyon Read More

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  • Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard 2009

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    This is a big, dark Anderson Valley zin from Valdez,probably the least restrained they make. Loads of ripe black cherries, blackberries, fig, dried plum along with a touch of smoke and spice. This wine carries its not shy alcohol of 15.2% very well. The tannins are smooth and well integrated along with a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Breggo Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2011

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    Wine review by mruffert


  • Back home from Cali and just finished unpacking. A bit tired after the Dry ... ... petite sirah, we opened this Mendocino white blend from Navarro. Nothing fancy or expensive but somewhat aromatic, tasty and refreshing.&nbs Read More

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  • Wilde Farm Donnelly Creek Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Fairly dark color in the glass blocking much light. Quite pleasant nosecherry or strawberry, some vanilla, some light mint. Nicely attractive on the tongue. I get that fruitiness that was detected on the nose, and Im having a tough time deciding if it is cherry or more strawberry. Some stoniness. Very light on the tannin and very pleasant a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Prado Mendocino County 2013

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    Light nose--something of tropical fruitwith, maybe, with the slightest hint of pungency. On the tongue, tropical fruit is immediately apparentpineapple, banana. Then I get acidmore lemony than pineapple. The final flavor sensation is caramel. When I detect the caramel it also becomes apparent that this wine has a somewhat viscous mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard 2012

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    Lots of light comes through the garnet color. Fairly perfumey nosecherry blossoms, violets. Quite light-bodiedI guess this was forecasted by the light coming through in the glass. Abrupt hit of cherry flavor on introduction, but the lightness of the wine keeps it away from the cough syrup taste that I get in a lot of PNs. No tannin at all. ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Finished the Bedrock syrah pre-dinner on the deck, here's my TNs:Fantastic Mendocino syrah from Bedrock. Still very young. There's dark berries on the nose and ripe blackberry, a bit of spice and pepper, nice acidity and a fairly long finish. The tannins are just a bit rustic and grippy but should mellow nicely with some age.Thinking of trying t... Read More

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