True Variety. True Mendocino.
Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, Charbono, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Gewürztraminer, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot blanc, Pinot noir, Riesling, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tocai Friulano, Viognier and Zinfandel
Anderson Valley in California’s Mendocino County now ranks with the top Pinot Noir regions in North America. While production is not huge, quality is soaring, as rising-star winemakers join home-grown stalwarts in producing sleek, powerful Pinots.
Here sixty acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling vines are found tucked into the high hills ranging from 1,400-1,600 feet in elevation. Today, the Sterling family, proprietors of the Esterlina Winery located at Philo, owns the entire vineyard acreage of the appellation.
Covelo AVA is located about 45 miles north of Ukiah and encompasses Round Valley, Williams Valley, and the surrounding foothills. The bowl shaped basin of Round Valley is distinctly different from the long, narrow valleys more commonly found in Mendocino County. In addition, the soils are very deep loam.
Winegrapes were first planted in Mendocino County following the California Gold Rush in the 1850’s
Dos Rios is a lively community, located in the remote wilderness of northern Mendocino County. The lone winery in the AVA, Vin de Tevis, has six acres under vine, almost exclusively planted to red varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.
The McDowell Valley specializes in Rhone red varietals like Grenache and Syrah (as well as Zinfandel), some coming from century-old vineyards. White Rhone varietals like Marsanne and Viognier complement the roster of big flavorful reds.
Many small vineyards dot the hills and dales of the rugged region. These legacy vineyards from Mendocino’s immigrant past give the region its identity as a home to Mediterranean red varieties, including Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Charbono and Grenache.