Anderson Valley Wine

Anderson Valley AVA is located within Mendocino County in the North Coast region of California. It’s considered one of the coolest regions in the state, with dense areas of fog, cool winds and rain, with just enough sun to favor conditions for a long growing season, leading to balanced acid structure in the grapes. 

Anderson Valley is named for a mid 1800s pioneer family who isolated themselves from the rest of the frontier packs and were drawn to the valley’s natural beauty, fertile grounds and abundant wildlife. Soon, other settlers, mainly the Swiss and those from the Eastern US, came to join them. Most early attempts at wine-making failed due to cold and frost conditions near the valley floor. It wasn’t until the 1890s that an influx of Italian immigrants found their to the valley and settled in the Greenwood Ridge section, which is considerably higher, sunnier and warmer than the lower parts of the valley. These immigrants are credited with starting the practice of commercial Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Anderson Valley View all

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Anderson Valley View all

  • Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

    Since 1980, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has developed a reputation for producing award-winning esta...

  • Harmonique

    "Producers have turned The Valley’s pristine cool climate grapes into honest wines. Sophisticated...

  • Navarro Vineyards

    Welcome to Navarro Vineyards. Our family has been growing grapes, making wine and producing non-a...

  • Mark Moretti Winery

    Mark Moretti Founder, Proprietor Mark launched the winery in 2006 after his earlier winemaking h...

  • Jim Ball Vineyards

    The idea for Jim Ball Vineyards began over 27 years ago. Traveling the West Coast for the first t...

  • Fulcrum Wines

    The real impetus for Fulcrum Wines is to produce California Pinot Noirs that are in balance for c...

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Anderson Valley on Snooth

  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard 2012

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    Interesting wine. I see from previous notes that I had raved about this wine. This bottle, though, does not match that opinion. A very pretty bright floral nose. On the tip of the tongue, though, when I normally get fruit from just about any wine, I get no fruit, here. I get stoniness, I get savory and I get, maybe, salinity. I do get some... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Halcon Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

    Snoothrank:

    A lot of red berry fruit on entry. Then, some very surprising, and pleasant, spiciness. Surprising, to me, tannin (for a PN). Fairly light bodied, although with an aftertaste that does linger. A very pleasant and complex wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rivers-Marie Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Something of a cherry nose. Sure enough red cherry on the tip of the tongue, but not syrupy, not fruity, not over the top. Nice, refreshing acid tartness. An unusual rear palate sensation that I can only describe as "foliage." I am not a PN guy, but this one hits the sweet spot for me. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Looks like you're still working on filling up that cellar, v v.RCKR--I ... ... ... 2017 Rivers-Marie PNs1 X Anderson Valley1 X Summa Vineyard1 x Sonoma Coast1 X Bearwallow Vineya Read More

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  • Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard 2016

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    Probably, a higher acid Chardonnay than most people like, but I'm enjoying it. I do get oaky vanilly, but, no question, there is very noticeable lemon pith or, maybe, tart green apple. I might criticize that the wine does not seem to evolve as it moves back. It is what it is. As I said, I like it, but I can see why it might not appeal to all. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK Darren you asked so here's the full list:2014 Cakebread Cellars ... ... ... Estate Brut Rosé Anderson ValleyNV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley2016 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Rosé Belleruche2017 Scherrer Winery Dry Rosé (x3)2014 Hahn Pinot Noir SLH (1.5L)2014 Hahn Zinfandel "Boneshaker" Lodi (1.5L)2014 Adelaida Cabernet Sauvigno... Read More

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  • You are quite right; I neither lost nor gained as the virtual reality was not ... on other occasions, Napa and Anderson Valley), I find this a bit amusing;  California wines - if masterfully crafted (and many are, indeed, so crafted) represent a certain style that, as the post-modern  expression has it, is what it is... I find that, while most... Read More

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  • Halcon Vineyards Alturas 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Quite aromaticberry fruit. Not terribly fruit forwardsome cherry, raspberry. Tannin is only barely noticeable. Somewhat tart. Not particularly full-bodied. Pretty easy to drink, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dale,Not much ‘08 left on the market for good reason. Try ths —> https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/6682259/2008-Twomey-Anderson-Valley-Pinot-Noiror look for 2005 / Australia / Victoria. Again due to vintage not much available. Read More

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  • First - A clarification, I'm pretty picky about my pinot's because ... ... would be this:The 2014 Knez Anderson Valley - normally for more than $30 but has been reduced lately and is available is $20 to $25 dollar range.The 2014 Talbot "Kali Hart" is usually in my cellar, sells for around $22 and is good with food.The A-Z Oregon Pinot Noir of ... Read More

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  • had a great Anderson Valley, gewurtztraminer from Breggo Cellars !! at BWE in Brooklyn,excellent !

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