The Mendocino Ridge AVA is located on 262,400 acres within the coastal zone of Mendocino County, California. Mendocino Ridge's boundaries begin at the coastal ridges adjacent to the Pacific Ocean that reach inland toward the Anderson Valley. Mendocino Ridge is limited by elevation, reserved only for vineyards at or above 1200 feet. There are 2,000 acres of vineyards perched above thick fog moving inland from the Pacific Ocean blanketing the coast and the valleys between the ridge tops, allowing the vines to grow above the blanket of fog. The area is known its production of Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.
The early wine producers in this viticultural area were Italian immigrants who planted Alicante-Bouscet, Carignan, Malvasia, Muscat, Palomino and Zinfandel. The first winery in the area, and indeed all of Mendocino County, was Antonio Ciapusci who planted his land in 1878. Many of these vineyards were replanted with other crops during Prohibition but several have survived including the Ciapusci, Perli, Gianoli and Zeni vineyards.
Mineral structure, poached pear, creaminess, long finish.
Grassy, gooseberry on the nose, greengage plum, tangerine blossom, classic, Sancerre style, a touch of minerality, key lime pie, and a bit of kerosene on the finish.
20 months in neutral oak barrels
2,600 elevation at this vineyard.
Slight reduction on the nose, rubber hose, dried apricots, rich - powerful entry, medium palate, golden raisins - a white wine for red wine drinkers.
The owners of this vineyard warned Andy & Ali that there might not be any grapes left as they were so ripe and juicy that the deer were devouring them. However, Ali, sensing the grapes needed to be saved, immediately did an inversion in the middle of the winery, in hopes of warding off the deer AND convincing the owners that indeed these grapes would be in the right hands. Fortunately, the inversion worked and as they say, the rest is history.
Appellation: Mendocino Ridge
Extra spicy on the nose, Meyer lemon curd, the mouth is citrus, white stone fruit (nectarine peach) floral character on honeysuckle and lemon flower. Rich, long finish. Nice notes of new French oak, combined with some barrel character from the Foudre. Rich long finish, Grapefruit
Made from Italian clone grapes / 400 gallons / fermented in Foudre
A Foudre is a large wooden vat, it can contain up to 300 hectoliters and more. This word is coming from the German " Fuder " translated as « cartful, containing », having entered in the French language in the 16th C. This type of vat is to be found particularly in the Mediterranean vineyards. The use of Foudre for maturation results from a long wine tradition, but its interest is also linked to the volume, the thickness of staves and the age of the vat.
Appellation: Mendocino Ridge