Tag: Mendocino

Bee Hunter Wines Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Mendocino, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Fruity nose with sweet raspberries, bing cherries, blueberries, vanilla, light oak, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, plums, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices, light chocolates, earth, black pepper and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

The six-year-old from Mendocino County, drinks like a fresh wine. Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and very pleasant. A Good quality Pinot Noir.

Fruit forward and rich. Tangy and tasty. Good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is well balanced with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

This Pinot Noir seems to be aging nicely, and will continue to drink well in the next 5 years. Tangy and interesting. A great wine to sip on by the porch.

I paired it with a triple cream Brie cheese with wild mushrooms.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 2 years.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Byrd Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012, Mendocino, California

Very deep ruby in color with a reddish rim. Not showing much age.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, black cherries, raspberries, earth, light oak, licorice, spices, light herbs, black pepper and pencil lead.

Full bodied and elegant, with medium-plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, red currants, oak, tobacco, earth, cherries, spices, peppercorn and coffee.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

This 9 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 3 to 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime. I gave it a couple of hours in the decanter to open up properly.

Very enjoyable by itself, as a sipping wine by the porch.

Feels like a fruit forward right bank Bordeaux. Tangy and spicy. Rich and elegant.

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

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown at 2,400 feet of elevation.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Byrd Vineyard Mendocino Red Blend 2012, California

Very dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

Fruity nose with sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries, oak, licorice, dark chocolates, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red currants, black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, light vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Bordeaux blend from Mendocino, California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is drinking very nicely now and needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Nicely balanced, tangy and interesting.

Good by itself and with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and had it by the pool. Goes very nicely with the Italian dried meats.

A blend of 82.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Cabernet Franc and 12.3% Merlot. Grapes are grown at 2,400 feet of elevation.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019, Mendocino County, California

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from Mendocino County in California.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, spices, light earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and fruit forward with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices and light chocolates.

Nice and good right out of the bottle with a screw top.

Alcohol is nicely integrated and over 14%, so watch out as it is dangerously easy drinking. 😉

Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months.

I had it with cheeses and light appetizers by the lake.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$16.

FVDP Vintners Terminim Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2018, Mendocino County, California

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with cooked plums, cherries, wood, light vanilla, light vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blackcurrants, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a juicy Syrah from Mendocino County in California. Drinking very nicely now with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after a couple of hours of airtime, when the complexity comes in.

This Single Vineyard is spicy and interesting. Rich and powerful. A good quality California Syrah.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, although very approachable now.

A nice collaboration between an American wine maker and a Northern Rhone wine maker . A small production of only 300 cases.

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

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Barra of Mendocino Winery Petite Sirah 2017, Mendocino, California

Deep purple in color with a short purplish/ reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, licorice, cedar, spices, tobacco leaf, vanilla, light mint, chocolates, coffee, mocha, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, tobacco, oak, licorice, spices, light earth, chocolates, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Drinks well right out of the bottle, and gets better as he opens up, and shows structure and complexity.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly and soften up, although I really enjoyed it as it is now.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Has a good potential to get to 94+ points.

Tangy and interesting, rich and Jammy.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new). Organic.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$22.

Girasole Vineyards Mendocino County Pinot Blanc 2019, California

This is a very nice Pinot Blanc from Mendocino County in California. Showing citrus, lemons, green and yellow apples, light grapefruits, spices and light earth.

Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Nicely balanced with a long, tangy finish.

Very easy to drink and good by itself or with food. I had it with Brie cheese by the lake.

Organic and vegan.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$14.

Scout and Cellar The Resident Zinfandel 2018 Mendocino County, California

This is a nice Zinfandel from Mendocino County in California. Simple and easy drinking.

Showing cherries, currants, blackberries, light wood, earth, vanilla, spices and chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. A little hot, but with a nice mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate, jammy and very fruity.

Nice finish with fine-grained tannins and cherries.

A nice porch sipper, with a tangy ending. Good by itself or with food, and good right out of the bottle.

I had it with a gorgeous view, by the lake.

A blend of 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah. Aged in French Oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined. Vegan.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$24.

Patland Estate Vineyards Mendocino Pinot Noir 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cherries, blueberries, black plums, black currants, oak, light vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, dark coffee, earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and soft with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, black currants, oak, earth, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, spices, graphite, peppercorn, sweet chocolates and peppercorn.

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

This is a very tasty Pinot Noir from Mendocino County. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and engaging.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years.

Doesn’t show like a Pinot Noir, which is fine with me. Rich and fruit forward. Interesting and intriguing.

Easy drinking with nice complexity. Sometimes, these easy drinking wines can be dangerous, so watch out 😉

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. I gave it a light chill and had it by the pool.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were aged in French oak barrels (25% new). A small production of only 4,500 bottles. This is bottle number 1769.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$110.

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.