Our introduction to Mendocino wine was at Yorkville Cellars. Following the main road through the valley on our way to the North Pacific coastline, we drove past a picturesque vineyard with sheep grazing between the rows. The sign at the road advertised free tastings, and we were ready for a break. We knew little about the reputation of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and Yorkville produces only Bordeaux varietals. We liked what we tasted and later ended up buying a mixed case during the estate's annual End of Prohibition Celebration wine sale. Yorkville makes good wine--unpretentious, organic and authentic. With a few years of age on it, this Cab Franc is particularly appealing.
Medium light, bright ruby. Beautiful smells of cherries, black raspberries, flowers. There is a Cab Franc quality on the palate that some describe as "dirt," and this wine has it although it has toned down nicely with some time in the bottle, coming across as earthy minerals. Bright acidity, blending nicely with fruit and oak tannins.
If you get on the Yorkville mailing list, you can get notices of the End of Prohibition sale. Wines are sold at a deep discount (50% off??) and shipping is free. If the winery produced Pinot, I would buy every year.
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