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.
Artevino Mendocino County Cowboy Red NV 91 Points
Artevino Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014 93 Points
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 Mendocino Rosé of Pinot Noir 92 Points
Greenwood Ridge Anderson Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 93 Points
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 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 Yorkville Highlands Syrah 2012 93 Points
Meyer Family Yorkville Highlands Rose of Syrah 2016 92 Point
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 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!
James the Wine Guy
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