PICK of the RACK: Mendocino Farms | Redvine Series | Mendocino County | California | 2006 | $25 | 87 pts

Aromas:  dried black currant; dried herbs; cedar
Character: dry; full-bodied and robust; medium tannins, acidity & oak
Flavors:  black cherry; bell pepper; black tea; touch of leather
Food Pairing:  Steak, roasted & smoked red meats; hard, sharp cheeses; moussaka

Mendocino Farms is not a winery, per se, but a collection of wines under this proprietary label produced by Magnanimus Wine Group in Mendocino County, California.  The grapes for their Redvine Series and other Mendocino Farms wines are sourced from sustainable, organic, and biodynamic vineyards in the highlands of the Ukiah Valley and upper reaches of the Russian River.  The 2006 Redvine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Petite Sirah (13%), and Syrah (12%), which were fermented and aged (14 months in French oak barrels) separately and then blended prior to bottling.  Up front, it flaunts all the best qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon – firm, robust aromas and flavors of black currant & black cherry, bell pepper, dried black tea, and leather; but subtly sneaks in some glimmers of Petite Sirah (dense black fruit) and Syrah (touch of woodsmoke) as it lingers on the palate.  There’s complexity here, for sure, but the wine is nevertheless relaxed and approachable as tannins and oak are on the modest side.  This is a worthy steak wine and a suitable accompaniment for a cheese platter.  Nicely done.

Availability:  Mendocino Farms wines, along with Magnanimus Wine Group’s other wine collections (and associated labels) – Talmage, Old River Cellars, and Ukiah Cellars – are sold through their tasting room at Campovida, an organic gardening, food, and wine center in Hopland, California.  Production is fairly small (just under 2,000 cases of the 2006 Redvine were produced), but they do have limited distribution nationwide, so ask your favorite wine merchant if they can order it.  To order it directly, visit them at www.magnanimuswines.com or call their Campovida tasting room at (707) 744-8797.

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2 Responses to PICK of the RACK: Mendocino Farms | Redvine Series | Mendocino County | California | 2006 | $25 | 87 pts

  1. frank gee says:

    purchased a case of the red vine 2004 vintage. is there anymore for sale? if not ,what ages are available? sorry, did i mention it was Mendocino farms?

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