Taste of Mendocino 2017 Wine Review – James Melendez

Mendocino is a known wine country and wildly beautiful.  I love the pristine beauty of this rugged and gorgeously beautiful wine country.

This wine country looks like no other wine country not just in California but all wine countries anywhere.

My journey began years ago when I would buy an every day sparkling wine called Scharffenberger Cellars.  The founding date is 1981 and from 1998 to 2004 was called Pacific Echo.  I was deeply disappointed with the name change–for me it felt inauthentic.  It is all about brand management and yes consumers do take note.  A name change can reflect a change in wine making philosophy or even source of grapes–a name change can simply be a name change.   I was glad to see the return of the Scharffenberger Cellars name as it was a trusted brand name for me.

I was fortunate to visit Taste of Mendocino 10-June of this year (2017) to taste from familiar to newer producers.  I attend as many wine tasting events in the city as possible–there are so many that I can usually attend 80% of them annually.

I wish I could have tasted more but appreciate all that I do get to taste.

Wine Reviews:









Artevino Mendocino County Cowboy Red NV 91 Points

Artevino Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014 93 Points


Barra of Mendocino/Girasole


Barra of Mendocino Mendocino Pinot Noir 2015 91 Points

Barra of Mendocino Mendocino Muscat Canelli 2016 92 Points

Girasole Vineyards Mendocino Pinot Blanc 2016 92 Points



Bonterra Mendocino County Merlot 2014 – 91 Points










Goldeneye Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine NV – 92 Points

Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014 – 93 Points


Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

Greenwood Ridge Mendocino Rosé of Pinot Noir 92 Points

Greenwood Ridge Anderson Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 93 Points


Handley Cellars

Handley Anderson Valley Pinot Gris 2015 – 92 Points










Tatho Mendocino Rosé 2016 – 92 Points

Tatho Bauer Vineyards Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – 92 Points


Frey Vineyards

Frey Vineyards Biodynamic Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc 2014 90 Points

Frey Vineyards Organic Mendocino Pinot Grigio 2015 91 Points

Frey Vineyards Organic Mendocino Zinfandel 2014 92 Points

Frey Vineyards Redwood Valley Sangiovese 2014 91 Points



Navarro Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2014 – 92 Points

Navarro Anderson Valley Pinot Blanc 2016 – 93 Points


Meyer Family Cellars








Meyer Family Yorkville Highlands Syrah 2012 93 Points

Meyer Family Yorkville Highlands Rose of Syrah 2016 92 Point


Philo Ridge

Philo Ridge Vineyards Mendocino Nelson Ranch Viognier 2015 93 Points

Philo Ridge Vineyards Mendocino Helluva Vineyard  Pinot Gris 2015 92 Points

Philo Ridge Vineyards Mendocino Haiku Ranch Chardonnay 2014 92 Points

Philo Ridge Vineyards Mendocino Firebird Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 – 93 Points 

Philo Ridge Vineyards Mendocino Vittorio Vineyard Primitivo 2013 – 93 Points

Philo Ridge Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2012 – 92 Points


Theopolis Vineyard

Theopolis VineyardMendocino Symphony 2015 92 Points

Theopolis Vineyard MendocinoRosé of Petit Sirah 2016 91 Points

Theopolis Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir 2014 – 93 Points

Don’t forget to include in your Mendocino County wine in your tasting plans!



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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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2 Responses to Taste of Mendocino 2017 Wine Review – James Melendez

  1. Ed Donovan says:

    All 30 wines in this piece are scored from 90-93 points!

  2. Yes, that is true. I might have been biased and went for select wines. Unlike some reviews I rarely give anything above 95 points and have never issued a 99 or 100 Points–only once have I give a 98 Point score.

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