Mendocino, North Coast

Porter Creek

Old Vine Mendocino County Carignane 2014

MICHAEL COOPER
8.9

I think @Jordan Mackay described this wine to a tee. While I enjoyed it, I wonder if it’s 100% Carignan. Could there possibly be an error in the identification of the variety? It is actually quite common in Californian vineyards and especially older vineyards to have a mix of varieties or believe it’s one variety because that’s how it was bought, but DNA testing can be surprising. This seems much more Gamay to me. In Paso Robles for example I know of some pretty famous winemakers and important vineyards that thought they had Mourvèdre and it turned out to be Graciano. — 8 days ago

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Copain

"Tous Ensemble" Mendocino County Syrah 2015

R S
9.1

Great find. Tough to find a good Syrah because of what is usually a limited selection in local stores. Took a chance on this one because I like the Mendocino County region wines. Rewarded with a great Syrah I will be purchasing again. — 10 days ago

Artezin

Old Vine Mendocino County Zinfandel 2016

This is a smooth Zin, I get light spice on the nose, and a spicy maple syrup in the taste, maybe a hint of raspberry... I'm not eating with this wine, just drinking after a lausunia dinner. Overall I like it very much! — 10 days ago

Anthill Farms

Comptche Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Darker in color... richer in taste... higher in ABV than normal— reflecting the warmth of the vintage. Bright sour cherry notes with nice mid - weight palate. I do love the style, but prefer 2011 and 2013. Decent Valentine quaff with Squab and Filet. — 5 days ago

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Cartograph

Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Bright Raspberry tart and chalky at first. Bright and juicy. With air dark cherries and hint of blueberry. Plenty of acid and low in %. Very Burgundian in style. Keep for 2-3 years or drink now. Elegant. — 12 days ago

Severn, Ira and 7 others liked this

Steele Wines

Pacini Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

Medium body Zinfandel, really bright and young. Nice balanced acidity mixes well with the bright fruit forwardness. This wine has some amazing cellar potential for a Zinfandel. — 8 days ago

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Martha Stoumen

Negro Amaro Rosato 2017

Slightly poopy aromatics with glou freshness. Some gentle tannin. D-lish. — 9 days ago

Mark, Jonathan and 9 others liked this

Drew Family Cellars

Estate Field Selections Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir 2016

So much going on here, fantastically bright and clear cherry, tea and light spice. Tannins suggest I opened too early, this has the stuffing to last and likely merit a higher score. Watch out for this label, and Mendocino Pinot. — 11 days ago

P, Kimberly and 12 others liked this

Idlewild

Fox Hill Vineyard Cortese

Complex floral versatile white. Love the mouthfeel and dimensions added by skin contact. Pairs well with anything, or great to drink by itself. Enjoyed with Alanna, salmon and roasted vegetables with cauliflower gnocchi. — 9 days ago

Navarro Vineyards

Mendocino Petite Sirah 2013

Dense purple-red, highly extracted pigment. Plum, briar, and blackberry notes in nose with a whiff of butter and cooked spinach. Blackberry flavor, cherry-plum and saline finish with a hint of prune. Somewhat coarse tannins, mostly seed tannins, eventually emerge in finish. Like mixed fruit? For the first two hours, this drinks as a rustic wine, not very grapey in character or wine-like in style but good to drink nonetheless. Tastes light in acid and alcohol (14.2%) so does not taste like a big style, somewhat unusual for a Cali Petite Sirah. Lightly salted, lightly fermented fruit juice hits closest to the mark. Not fancy, just yummy. After two hours, it begins tasting like a wine - acid, alcohol, tannins, more integrated flavor. Plum cherry and blackberry flavors still dominate, but otherwise balanced. Decant several hours basically. — a month ago

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