The prominent red grape varieties planted here are warmth-loving grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah. However, Mendocino's cooler sites are capable of producing Pinot Noir wines, both still and sparkling. Although far from dominant, white wines represent a respectable proportion of Mendocino wines. These are typically based on California's favorite white grape varieties, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Elizabeth Spencer, Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Pale straw yellow, very clear. The aromas in this wine are very complex with white peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossoms erupting from the glass. The fruit aromatics carry through on the entry and lend a dry frutiness to the mineral driven palate. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity. This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish.