Posts Tagged Mendocino

2013 Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino

At first pour, the wine shows a nearly opaque reddish-purple hue that lightens towards the rim. Fresh black raspberries and other red fruits burst from the glass, followed by baking spices and a dash of white pepper. The label indicates 15.5%... Read more

2012 Ferrari-Carano ‘Middleridge Ranch’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

Wines made from a single winegrape clone, while not necessarily one-dimensional, tend to be less interesting than multi-clone cuvees. This came to mind after tasting this bottling from Ferrari-Carano’s Middleridge Ranch, which is planted to two... Read more

2012 Ferrari-Carano ‘Sky High Ranch’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

Translucent pale ruby in hue, with a perfumed nose of plum blossoms, red berry, cough drop, cedar and a sharp citric note. The wine starts out smooth in the mouth, picking up a hint of licorice and some earthiness. A solid companion to French bistro... Read more

2012 Hess Collection ‘Small Block Series’ Orange Muscat, Mendocino

Light straw color. With a few swirls of the glass, opulent, perfumed aromas of honeysuckle, Mandarin orange and a note of cream waft from the glass. Made just off-dry, this is a delightful, versatile wine, whether utilized as a welcome wine or with... Read more

2010 Girasole Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Transparent light ruby color. Moderate aromas of clove and white pepper accent strawberry and red cherry fruit. The sweet cherry fruit picks up a dusty edge in the mouth. Light and elegant, this easy-quaffing red works equally well as an aperitif or... Read more

2010 Girasole Chardonnay, Mendocino

Clear straw color. Scents of lime, crisp apple and green tropical fruit waft from the glass. In the mouth, the sweet-tart fruit rounds out with shadings of vanilla and baking spices. Clean and pleasant, with a finish that lingers, this is a white... Read more

2010 Artezin Zinfandel, Mendocino County

In the wine country of California, Zinfandels grown in the Dry Creek Valley, Amador County, Russian River Valley and Paso Robles may get all the press, but the pepper-laced, briary berry profile found in the hills around Mendocino County can be just... Read more

2007 Barra of Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino

Deep purple/black color. The nose starts with polished shoe leather and menthol/mint, leading to ample dark fruits. Medium-full in body, it shows redder berry and plum fruits in the mouth. Very fine-grained tannins at the end make this an enjoyable... Read more

2009 Girasole Vineyards ‘Hybrid Red,’ Mendocino

This is not a hybrid, in the true sense of the word; it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah that is deep purple in hue. There is a minty/peppery high note with the dark flower perfume and dark berry and plum fruit. It is fruit-forward... Read more

2009 Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Translucent neon cherry color. In the nose, ample sweet strawberry puree and cherry aromas. The cherry fruit is more assertive in the mouth, with a bit of dusty grip at the finish. The wine is straightforward and fruity — an easy quaffer to sip on... Read more