Mendocino County Wine

 

Mendocino County AVA is a large and climatically diverse region within the North Coast region of California. Wine-making began here in the 1850s when failed gold prospectors planted vineyards. Italian immigrants arrived soon after and expanded plantings into the hillsides. Despite the expansion of the wine industry at this time, Mendocino County wines remained fairly obscure and isolated, though more and more vineyards were being planted for local consumption. But this isolation worked in the region’s favor, as many of the vines were spared from the Phylloxera epidemic and the rest could be salvaged by regrafting as hybrid European-American rootstock, which was immune to the dreaded louse. 
 
However, like most of the California wine industry, Mendocino County suffered near collapse during the Prohibition from 1921 - 1933. The region did not recover until the 1960s when the Parducci and Fetzer family estates rose to prominence. Other wineries followed their example. Today Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mendocino County View all

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Mendocino County

  • Anderson Valley

    Anderson Valley AVA is located within Mendocino County in the North Coast region of California....

  • Yorkville Highlands

    Flanking both sides of Route 128 connecting Sonoma’s Alexander Valley with Mendocino's Anderson ...

  • Mendocino Ridge

    "Islands in the Sky"™, as most locals call it, is a more romantic and appropriate name for ...

  • Redwood Valley

    The Redwood Valley AVA is a subregion of Mendocino in California’s North Coast. The region bene...

Popular Wineries in Mendocino County View all

  • Buckeye Winery

    Located in beautiful downtown Newark on the Northwest side of the courthouse square, Buckeye Wine...

  • Lazy Creek Vineyards

    Lazy Creek Vineyards is named for the meandering creek that runs through the 95-acre ranch locate...

  • Mariah Vineyards

    Owned by Dan and Vicki Dooling, Mariah Vineyards is on the short list of the best Zin vines in th...

  • Elizabeth Vineyards

    Redwood Valley covers about 35 square miles and its wineries and vineyards produce premium to ult...

  • Lolonis Winery

    Welcome to Lolonis Winery! For over 20 years our family has been producing handcrafted, organical...

  • Silversmith Vineyards

    Tom Johnson Managing Partner A member of the fourth generation of his family to farm in Mendocin...

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Mendocino County on Snooth

  • Dirty & Rowdy Mendocino County Chenin Blanc 2018

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    More of a fruity nose on this one. On the tongue, sure enough, a blast of lemon, pineapple. and, then, honeydew melon. As the wine moves back there are mineral sensations, Some serious acid tartness may put off some, but I find it gives the wine impressive freshness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2015

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    This is the second of three bottles that I bought, I do remember the first one that I opened a couple years ago. I did not write any notes, but I remember it as an enjoyable wine--which is, I'm sure, the most negative evaluation I have ever given to an Alturas. This one opens with a nice, unobtrusive introduction of blackberry. Very nice aci... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • We need to try those DV!!Tonitght it's Skylark 2013 Grenache, Mendocino County. Lots of cork problems and I wrote to them about it. They acknowledged the issue and said they had a problem in 2013 and dumped their cork supplier. They also offered to make the wines good, but they're not big producers and I wasn't going to push it, although I appre... Read More

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  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard 2012

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    Interesting wine. I see from previous notes that I had raved about this wine. This bottle, though, does not match that opinion. A very pretty bright floral nose. On the tip of the tongue, though, when I normally get fruit from just about any wine, I get no fruit, here. I get stoniness, I get savory and I get, maybe, salinity. I do get some... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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    A lot of red berry fruit on entry. Then, some very surprising, and pleasant, spiciness. Surprising, to me, tannin (for a PN). Fairly light bodied, although with an aftertaste that does linger. A very pleasant and complex wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rivers-Marie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016

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    Something of a cherry nose. Sure enough red cherry on the tip of the tongue, but not syrupy, not fruity, not over the top. Nice, refreshing acid tartness. An unusual rear palate sensation that I can only describe as "foliage." I am not a PN guy, but this one hits the sweet spot for me. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard 2015

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    Somewhat disturbing taste of cola on the tip of the tongue, but, thankfully, that quickly fades. The flavors similar to stewed prune. Fairly light-bodied. Mid-length finish. An enjoyable but not particularly aspirational wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Halcon Alturas Yorkville Highlands 2013

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    Still loving this wine a few years later. Brightness of the berry thing has diminished, a bit, and I'm sure that is a result of a few more years of bottle age. I've had the '15 and the '16 versions of Alturas in the not-too-distant past and this one is observably more full-bodied. Still observable tannins and acids suggest that this one could... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah Yorkville Highlands Mendocino County 2013

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    Beautiful dark color. (What else for a PS?) Tart black fruit nose. Very chewy dark fruit on the tongue, Think unsweet prunes. Some steeliness. Plenty of tannin and plenty of acid. I really think this one has a pretty long life in front of itself. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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