Tag: Mendocino

Meadowcroft Wines Nelson Ranch Pinot Gris 2021, Mendocino County, California



Pale lemon in color.

Very aromatic nose of flowers, citrus, lemons, green apples, sweet grapefruits, herbs and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, light vegetables, earth and spices.

Tangy finish with spices and almonds.

This is a very tasty Pinot Gris from Mendocino County. Nicely balanced, spicy and tangy.

This Single Vineyard Pinot Gris is showing a really pretty nose.

Feels more like a Californian Sauvignon Blanc.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A small production of only 2,200 bottles.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

Barra of Mendocino Petite Sirah 2019, Mendocino, California



Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Strong fruity nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, dried fruits, light oak, spices, chocolates, coffee, licorice and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, milk chocolates, coffee, cola and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Petite Sirah from Mendocino County.

Nicely balanced, rich and fruit forward. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

Still young, and would be better in a few years. Will be nice to revisit it in a couple of years, and see how it evolved.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with BBQ Meats.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$26.


Lucky Rock Wine Co. Grenache 2020, California



Pretty color of ruby with medium intensity.

On the nose blueberries, raspberries, light wood, earth, light vegetables, vanilla, herbs and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with currants, cherries, raspberries, black plums, oak, licorice, vanilla, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Grenache from Mendocino County. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

A nice porch wine and easy drinking. Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Nicely balanced now, and would be interesting to try it again in 3 years.

I paired it with burger and fries.

Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months. Unfiltered and unfined.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$26.

Topel Winery Alta Orsa Hillside Cuvee 2018, Mendocino County, California



Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, light vanilla, dark chocolates, coffee, cloves, black pepper, earth, pencil lead and light vegetables.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Very dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, black tea, peppercorn, earth, green vegetables, bitter herbs and tobacco leaf.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice red blend from Mendocino County. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

An Interesting wine that feels more like a French Bordeaux. Tangy with nice balance between the fruits and the earth notes. A good everyday wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows the tannins (1 hour).

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the wild mushroom Brie cheese.

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Grapes are grown at 1,200 feet of elevation. A small production of only 5 barrels.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$32.



Castello di Amorosa Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir 2018, Anderson Valley, California



Light ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of red candy, bing cherries, raspberries, light wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, strawberries, light oak, spices, peppercorn, chocolates and light tobacco leaf.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley. Showing nice complexity with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Good by itself right out of the bottle. Spicy, fruit forward and entertaining. Elegant and easy drinking.

This Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is a good quality wine, that will age nicely in the next five to seven years.

I paired it with different kinds of cheeses.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were aged for 11 months in (53% new) French oak barrels.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$75.

Bee Hunter Wines Elevate Pinot Noir 2017, California



A very pretty ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cherries, blueberries, vanilla, licorice, oak, spices, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light chocolates, spices, light oak, rose pedals, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from California. Easy drinking and well-balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good right out of the bottle.

Tangy and fruit forward. Rich and elegant with nice complexity.

I love the fact that it is relatively low in alcohol. A great porch wine.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 5 years.

Grapes are from Mendocino County (68%) and the rest from Sonoma County.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Bee Hunter Wines Eagle Point Ranch Grenache 2015 Mendocino, California



A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide brick rim.

Interesting nose of blackberries, cedar, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, chocolates, sweet vanilla, cola, spices, mint and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with cooked cherries and strawberries, lemon peel, vanilla, light raisins, dried fruits, cedar, herbs, licorice, cola, chocolates, sweet vinaigrette, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Grenache from Mendocino County in California. Much lighter than I expected it to be, but it is so yummy.

This Single Vineyard is good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when it shows the complexity.

This six year old is peaking now, and drinking very nicely with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Alcohol is not showing at all, so watch out. Nicely balanced at this point. Easy drinking and tasty.

A great sipping wine, but good with food too. I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah 2018, Mendocino County, California

Deep purple in color and very dense, with a short purplish rim.

Pretty nose of blueberries, blackberries, violets, light oak, Indian spices, licorice, eucalyptus, tobacco, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full-bodied with medium plus acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, sweet raspberries, fig jam, plums, oak, vegetables, bitter herbs, earth, tobacco, chocolates, cola, herbs and spices.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from Mendocino County in California. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime (2 hours).

Fruit forward and nicely balanced, with a great nose. Already showing nice complexity. Still shows a touch of alcohol, which will dissipate with time.

A nice sipping wine that will age nicely in the next 10 years. Interesting, rich and tangy.

I had it all by itself.

100% Petite Sirah grapes were aged in (30% New) French oak barrels for 20 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Bee Hunter Wines Sémillon 2017, Yorkville Highlands, California

Light golden in color.

On the nose limes, citrus, light earth, green apples, herbs and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, light grapefruits, bitter herbs, earth and vegetables.

Medium finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a very tasty Sémillon from Mendocino County in California. Fruit forward with nice acidity. Showing mild complexity, interesting and refreshing.

This 4 year old is nicely balanced and good right out of the bottle.

Good by itself or with food, and better when properly chilled.

A good quality wine. Would be interesting to try it again in 3 to 5 years.

Aged for 10 months in neutral French Oak barrels, on its lees.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.

FVDP Vintners Terminim Cepages d’Or Alder Springs Vineyard 2018, Mendocino County, California

Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

On the nose, ripen yellow apples, pears, light citrus, vanilla, light oak and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red and green apples, citrus, spices, vanilla, oak, earth and herbs.

Spicy finish with limes and peppercorn.

This is a very tasty White Rhone blend from Mendocino County. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Crisp and elegant.

A good quality wine that I would love to try in 3 years.

Nicely balanced and good as a sipping wine. This Single Vineyard is very interesting and well-made.

Feels like a mix of White wine from the Rhone Valley with a new world twist.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with goat cheese and the prosciutto.

A blend of 54% Marsanne, 22% Roussanne, 12% Viognier and 12% Picpoul Blanc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.