About This Wine
Winegrapes were first planted in Mendocino County in the years following the California Gold Rush.
Immigrant farmers, failing as prospectors, turned to agriculture as a way of life in their new home. Saving the flatter lands on the river plains for farming food crops, these pioneer winegrowers planted their vineyards on the more rugged hillsides and sun-exposed ridge tops.
During the 1970s and ’80s, winegrowing expanded in Mendocino County. Grape growers and winemakers became more skilled with wine varieties and styles demanded by the American public. Mendocino wineries, led by Parducci Wine Cellars and Fetzer Vineyards, gained great acclaim and worldwide distribution. Today, Mendocino vineyards and wineries prosper, as the region’s wines become increasingly well-known.
Attention in the county has now turned to focus upon the grape varieties and wine styles that, in each particular microclimate, can produce the best and most distinctive wine. Wines like the Bridge Trail Merlot, a flavorful, easy-drinking wine that’s pure pleasure in a glass.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:90% Merlot and 10% Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:90% Mendocino County and 10% Other Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Plum, Cassis, Blackberry, Tobacco & Herbs
- When to Drink:Now Through 2009
- Food Pairing Suggestionveal roast, cheesy gratins, or charcuterie.
14 recipes match for this wine.
Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The RecipeCabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon (as the recipe calls for), as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The RecipePork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe