Mendocino County, the magical “Lost Coast” surrounded by ancient Redwoods
Mendocino County is located on the Northern California coast, established as one of the original counties of California in 1850, the same year California declared statehood. Mendocino is known for its distinctive Pacific Ocean coastline and its location along California’s “Lost Coast”, a mostly natural and development-free area. The name “Mendocino” comes from the family name ofMendoza in honor of the 16th century Spanish explorer Lorenzo Suárez de Mendoza, 4th conde de la Coruña who explored the Mendocino coast line. The first vineyards in Mendocino County were planted by prospectors from the California Gold Rush who failed to find their fortune and returned to the area as farmers.
Mendocino County AVA is one of the northernmost commercial wine grape regions in the state with two distinct climate zones separated by the Mendocino Range. The reaches of the cool Pacific fog is one of the dominant influences in Mendocino County viticulture, particularly in the coastal western regions of the county. Total AVA area reaches 3,878 square miles, with 15,000 acres of planted vineyards.
BLEND: Zinfandel (89%), Petite Sirah (6%), Syrah (3%), Alicante (2%)
AGING: 18 months in French (95%) and American Oak (5%) – 50% new
AVA: Mendocino is known for its diverse soils, expressive wines, and leadership in sustainable farming. The Talmadge Bench Vineyard is the core vineyard, with fruit from Redwood Valley and Mendocino Ridge rounding out the wine. The average age of the vines is 40 to 60 years old. All vineyards are sustainably farmed.