Yolo County Wine

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Yolo County is an emerging wine region within the Central Valley district of California. The Sacramento River Delta provides a channel for cooling winds, making it the coolest region in Central Valley. It’s further divided into subregions, and the majority of the vineyards are located in the ones closest to the delta to the east, within the Clarksburg and Merritt Island AVA’s. But pioneering winemakers, such as John and Lane Giguiere, who founded R.H. Phillips winery, promote the warm weather conditions in the Dunnigan Hills and Capay Valley.
 
The warm weather climate is most conducive to varietals such as Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Tempranillo. White grapes grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. ~Amanda Schuster
 
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Varietals Produced in Yolo County View all

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Yolo County

Popular Wineries in Yolo County View all

  • Capay Valley Vineyards

    Capay Valley Vineyards was established in 1998 by Tom Frederick and Pam Welch, long time resident...

  • Matchbook Wine Company

    Proud producer of Matchbook, Mossback, Chasing Venus and Sawbuck wines. Visit our Zamora,...

  • Bogle Vineyards

    Although the Bogle family has been farming since the mid-1800's, it was not until 1968 that th...

  • Heringer Estates

    The Heringer Family has always believed in hard work, innovation and resourcefulness. We have alw...

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  • The Stringer California Chardonnay 2013

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    A Lot 18 quarterly selection. Pear and peach with nutmeg and allspice as it opens. More peach and pear. Fruit forward Chardonnay with minimal oak and very light body and light acidity. Nothing that special, though at the price point would suspect this one compares very favorably with others in this price. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • David Akiyoshi Cabernet Sauvignon Clarksburg California 2013

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    A Naked Wines offering. Opens with spice and herbs and becomes more toffee, pear, and licorice. Soft and balanced and for a Cabernet with more fruit than oak - definitely not an 'Oak Monster'. As it opens more, bits of green chile and shortbread and a very interesting hint of pine. Feels more Old World to me, nuanced, but still young. Will want ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bogle Merlot California 2013

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    I liked it more than some of the other reviews on this site. Young and snappy, showing multiple fruit notes and soft, rounded tannins.93pts (because of the price -$9.00!) Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Bogle Chardonnay 2013

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    Over ripe and over oaked. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Pine Ridge Chenin/Viognier 2013

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    Ripe pear with floral notes on the nose. Nice acidity and ripe fruit sweetness with a clean soft finish. Paired well with the spice meatballs my daughter brought for Christmas. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Bogle Merlot California 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Bogle Merlot California 2012

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    2012 vintage Bogle Merlot. Pleasant cherry nose. Overpowering acid on the palate. Seems a bit viney tannins as if they included the hard press into the wine.I much prefer the smoothness of a Maggio Family Vineyards Lodi Merlot. Read More

    Wine review by sipwines


  • Andis Wines Herzog Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by bethmkeen


  • Essential Red Bogle Vineyards 2011

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    Smokey and weedy with a coffee/over-steeped tea quality on the nose. Easy drinking and attractively bright in the mouth with some black plum skin and candied raspberry flavors immersed in cocoa and mocha flavors on the palate. Theres a whisper of tannin here that adds some textural contrast to the bright mouthfeel. In the end though this feels a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2012

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    Kind of flat and flabby. There's oak and lemon cream on the nose and the palate. Not a whole lot of acidity or depth just the oak and not much else. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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