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Fife 1999 Old Yokayo Ranch Vineyard Syrah (Mendocino)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $35
From warm western slopes over Ukiah Valley, a powerhouse combining audacious fruit with impeccable balance. Concentrated flavors of red and black berries, chocolate, white pepper, bacon, tobacco and coffee are rich, yet with only 13.5 percent alcohol, the wine is balanced and gentle. The mouthfeel is stunning. Editors’ Choice. —S.H.  — S.H.  (5/1/2002)
94
points

Eaglepoint Ranch 1999 Syrah (Mendocino)

  1. $24
From longtime growers, now vintners, on the western slopes of the Mayacamas comes this impressive and huge wine. It’s dark as night, with brilliantly complex aromas of berries, leather, sage, smoke and white pepper. It’s also mouth filling, and has so many facets, it’s hard to keep track. The depth of flavor is stunning, while dusty tannins provide structure. A…  — S.H.  (5/1/2002)
94
points

Fife 1999 L'Attitude Red (Mendocino)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $20
A Rhône blend, and the wine that best exemplifies the Châteauneuf-style blend that inland Mendocino is hoping will put it on the map. This is magnificent stuff, lusty and full-bodied, with mixed berry flavors that are dominated by the aroma of white pepper. It’s dry, with complex, dusty tannins and a round, smooth mouthfeel. Lighter than Cabernet but denser than…  — S.H.  (5/1/2002)
93
points

Masút 2009 Pinot Noir (Mendocino)

  1. $40
A beautifully balanced, well-made Pinot Noir from the sons of the late Bobby Fetzer of the famed Mendocino Fetzer family, who started Masút originally to farm organic Pinot grapes with his sons. Ben and Jake do honor to their family heritage here with a clean, bright bottle of high-toned cranberry and tart cherry accompanied by a richness of texture and just a…  — V.B.  (7/1/2011)
93
points

Patianna 2009 Made With Organic Grapes Sauvignon Blanc (Mendocino)

  1. $17
Winemaker Mike Lee continues to prove his prowess with Sauvignon Blanc in this latest vintage of Patianna, Patti Fetzer’s line of organically farmed wines from outside of Hopland in Mendocino County. Fermented entirely in stainless steel without undergoing ML or barrel aging, it delivers everything you love about the variety, inviting one in with melon and…  — V.B.  (7/1/2011)
93
points

Baxter 2007 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino)

  • Cellar Selection
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  1. $60
A fresh, vibrant but tight young Pinot Noir. It’s rich in wild raspberry, cherry and cola flavors, enhanced with spicy oak, and firm in acidity and tannins. Should be cellared for a good 3–5 years.  — S.H.  (10/1/2010)
93
points

Rockroom Winemaking Cooperative 2007 Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay (Mendocino)

  1. $38
This is a very fine Chardonnay. It displays crisp acidity that boosts and brightens ripe flavors of pineapples, pears, green apples and kumquats. Oak adds welcome notes of smoke, buttered toast and spice. Only 25 cases were produced.  — S.H.  (7/1/2009)
93
points

Parducci 2004 True Grit Petite Sirah (Mendocino)

  1. $25
Parducci’s ’03 True Grit was a sensation. The ’04 is a worthy successor. Dry, tannic and amazingly rich, it floods the mouth with blackberry, cherry, currant, leather, coffee, carob and peppery spice flavors that go on and on in the finish. Like any great young Petite Sirah, it will age for many years.  — S.H.  (4/1/2008)
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