Tag: Mendocino

Oakwild Ranch Winery Mendocino Ridge Jacqueline Field Blend 2014, California

Deep purple in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, cooked cherries, strawberries, light oak, pencil shavings, light alcohol, dark coffee, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, strawberries, red currants, pomegranates, oak, tobacco, earth, light vegetables, herbs, spices, light cola, peppercorn, leather and dark chocolates.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a tasty and easy drinking red blend from Mendocino County in California. Nice, spicy and engaging with a nice mouthfeel.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now all by itself. Tangy and interesting.

This Single Vineyard is good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime. After 2 hours, it really hits home, when some earth notes come in and bring more complexity, so be patient.

At this point, the high alcohol is not very noticeable.

I had it blind ( I knew it is from California) and called a Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel blend. Pretty happy with that. Although there is a bigger portion of Syrah in this blend, it definitely feels like the Merlot is taking over.

A blend of 42% Merlot, 12% Zinfandel and 46% Syrah. A very small production of only 92 cases. Handpicked.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Meadowcroft Wines Nelson Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Mendocino County, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide purplish rim.

Nose of black currants, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, tobacco, black pepper, spices, chocolates and light earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, peppercorn, light vegetables and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and firm.

Good by itself or with food. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel with the big tannins.

This Single Vineyard needs 90 minutes of airtime to bring out the tannins, but good right out of the bottle, too.

I liked it better as it opened up, and should be even nicer in a couple of years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Sirah and 5% Merlot. A small production of only 200 cases. Aged for 2 years in mostly French oak barrels (30% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$44.

T Berkley Wines Norgard Farms Chenin Blanc 2018, California

Lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Nice nose of green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light grass, earth, minerals and pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, earth, honey, light grapefruits, salt and white pepper.

Nice length on the finish with tangy limes.

This is a very tasty Chenin Blanc from California. Tangy and easy drinking with a buttery mouthfeel.

Refreshing when properly chilled.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives. Very enjoyable.

Aged on the lees for 11 months in neutral oak and stainless steel.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

West Coast Wine Group Pure Bred Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, blackberries, sweet strawberries, tobacco, light oak and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with red and blue fruits, oak, spices and black pepper.

This is an easy drinking and tangy Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County. Fruit forward and spicy. Simple and good for everyday.

Needs 15 minutes to open up.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$8.

Adobe Cellars Private Selection Mendocino County Carignan 1976, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, wild flowers, coffee, light earth, light vegetables and pencil lead. Wonderful nose.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, dried cherries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, vegetables, earth, spices, black pepper, wet leaves and herbs.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable Carignan from Mendocino County, California. This 43 year old is still drinking nicely. Still very tasty, but doesn’t have many years in it.

Great nose, but not fully balanced any longer. Showing great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Feels like an old Northern Italy red.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins and complexity. Died after 3 hours of airtime.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

12% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Parducci Wine Cellars Mendocino County Zinfandel 1978, California

Brick in color with a light brick rim.

Nose of black currants, plums, licorice, vanilla, earth, vegetables, graphite, bitter herbs, black pepper, fennel, eucalyptus, celery and spices. Nice and complex nose.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry with black fruits and chocolates, licorice, mint, eucalyptus, black coffee, celery, vegetables, fennel, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, leather, earth and graphite.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy pomegranates.

Drinking these old wines is always interesting. Still drinkable even after 41 years.

Spicy and tangy with a nice mouthfeel. Not fully balanced any longer, but showing fabulous complexity, both on the nose and palate.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime. Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show the tannins.

This is a great experience.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

12% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

The Grenachista Alder Springs Vineyard Grenache Noir Mendocino County 2016, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, dust, pencil lead, alcohol and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, oak, wet leaves, herbs, light vegetables, dark coffee, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Grenache from Mendocino County. Easy drinking with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Lighter than I expected. Drinks very much like a good quality Côtes du Rhone.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up, and shows some structure and complexity.

This single Vineyard is showing more red fruits than their Dry Creek Valley Grenache.

A good wine to pair with food or just to sip on by itself. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$48.

CR Greybehl Wine Company The Grenachista Grenache Noir Mendocino County Alder Springs Vineyard 2016 California

Dark ruby in color with a wide cloudy reddish/ brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, bing cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, vegetables, earth, leather and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, earth, wet leaves, peppercorn, green herbs, mint and tobacco.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an interesting Grenache from Mendocino County. This Single Vineyard is showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle and gets complexity as it opens up.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and really changed from bottle opening, so take your time.

Smells like an Oregon Pinot Noir (after 3 hours of airtime), but really different on the palate.

A very interesting wine to share with friends and talk about. Tangy, spicy and little bitter on the ending.

I’ve had other Grenaches from this Winery, and each one is somewhat different, which is nice.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Grapes are grown at 2,400 feet elevation and aged for two years in used French Oak barrels.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$46.

Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Aged in Bourbon Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Monterey County, California

For National Cabernet day here’s an interesting one…

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cedar, vanilla, leather, bell pepper, tobacco, green vegetables, chocolates, mocha, caramel, black pepper and spices.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry to off dry, and extremely fruity on the palate, with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This whiskey barrel aged Cabernet from Monterey County, California is always enjoyable. Showing mild complexity after an hour of airtime. Balanced and good by itself or with food.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch and good for parties. Might be too fruity for some.

Has high alcohol, but it is not too noticeable, so watch out.

Aged for 3 months in Bourbon whiskey barrels.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$13.

Elizabeth Spencer Wines Special Cuvée Grenache 2015 Mendocino County, California

Light ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, light barnyard, milk chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Light to medium in body and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, raspberries, black currants, oak, licorice, vanilla, spices, pencil lead, leather, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. I expected a big wine but this was gentle with a great mouthfeel, nice complexity and balance. Reminds me of new world Pinot Noir. Very fruity.
This is not my usual drinker, but I really enjoyed it.

Needed an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, and that wonderful nose. Became bitter after a couple of hours, which I didn’t like.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.