One of California’s largest and most climatically diverse wine regions, the Mendocino wine region is part of the larger North Coast AVA. It continuously leads in the production of organic wines. In fact, almost 25% of the acreage in Mendocino County is grown organically, inspiring journalists to describe it as “California's organic wine Mecca.”
Due to the climatic and geographical diversity of Mendocino County, this region is able to produce a wide range of grape varieties. It produces about 62,000 tons of grapes per year (which accounts for about 2% of California's yearly crush!). The most common wine grape varieties grown here include Chardonnay (with about 4,800 acres), Cabernet Sauvignon (with about 2,860 acres) and Pinot Noir (with about 2,695 acres). In addition, the following wines are grown in Mendocino County:
- Petite Sirah
- Pinot blanc
- Sauvignon blanc
A Taste of the Mendocino Wine Region
An organic vineyard favorite, Bonterra is a major player in the Mendocino wine region. Here are the taste breakdowns for three of its most popular wines.
The Butler is a biodynamic Rhone-style blend with a deep red color and sophisticated flavors to match. As a result of its biodynamically grown Syrah grapes, this vintage wine holds oaky and aromatic qualities. You will notice prominent notes of blackberries and black pepper, which are sure to impress red wine aficionados.
The McNab is a full-bodied blend that melds notes of chocolate and black fruit into a rich and oaky vintage. A perfect balance is apparent in this wine, as the ripe fruit, soft tannins and a pleasant acidity work their magic.
The Roost takes full advantage of Mendocino’s cool weather and river air, which results in a burgundian white varietal that brings notes of lemon, baked apple and crème brûlée aromas.
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