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Yorkville

Yorkville Cellars, in Mendocino County, was one of the pioneers of Eco-friendly farming in the wine industry. Their vineyards have been certified by the California Certified Organic Famers (CCOF) since 1986, and they’ve made great wine from the beginning. Recently, our panel tasted a selection of the winery’s current releases.

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Yorkville Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s):  100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Mendocino County

Price: 15-20

Review:

Aromas of tropical fruit meld with citrusy notes and hints of minerals on the nose. Flavors of lime, grapefruit, and pineapple emerge on the palate. A clean, crisp wine balanced by a slightly creamy mouthfeel, it’s ideal or sipping on a warm afternoon or to pair with crab. 1,000 cases produced.

Rating: 90

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Yorkville Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc

Grape(s):  75% Cabernet Franc & 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Mendocino County

Price: 25-30

Review:

Aromas of blackberries and cherries mingle with suggestions of oak and sweet spice on the nose. A sip reveals flavors of bramble fruit and bing cherry accented by hints of earth and oak.  A lighter wine, with mellow tannins, fans of brighter, livelier reds will enjoy this bottle. Less than 300 cases produced.

Rating: 88

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Yorkville Cellars 2012 Rosé de Franc

Grape(s):  100% Cabernet Franc

Region: Mendocino County

Price: 15-20

Review:

Aromatics of cherries, strawberries, and watermelon greet the senses. Flavors of cranberry, strawberry, and watermelon mingle with hints of rose petal on the palate. A rather dry Rosé with bright, tart flavors, it’s a perfect bottle for a picnic. 300 cases produced.

Rating: 88

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Yorkville Cellars 2012 Sweet Malbec

Grape(s):  100% Malbec

Region: Mendocino County

Price: 15-20

Review:

A bouquet of raspberries, blackberries, and stewed plums rises up from a glass. Flavors of sweet boysenberry, raspberry, and powdered sugar emerge on the palate. Lighter and not overly sweet, it’s a wine that’s bright and approachable. Enjoy a bottle with a blueberry torte or raspberry cheesecake. 300 cases were made.

Rating: 90

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Yorkville Cellars 2011 Hi-Rollr Red

Grape(s):  45% Zinfandel, 29% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 1% Carmenere, and 1% Cabernet Franc

Region: Mendocino County

Price: 15-20

Review:

Aromatics of black cherries and blackberries are accented by suggestions of vanilla and sweet spice. The palate offers flavors of cherry, plum, and boysenberry along with hints of spice and toasty oak.  A smooth, fruit-driven wine, enjoy it on pizza night or with a Spanish chicken dish. About 1,000 cases were made.

Rating: 88

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Yorkville Cellars 2011 Late Harvest  Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s):  74% Sauvignon Blanc & 26% Semillon

Region: Mendocino County

Price: 25-30

Review:

A bouquet of pineapple, sweet citrus fruit, and a few nutty, earthy suggestions greet the senses. Flavors of apricot, sweet pineapple, and lemon meld with notes of honey and almond paste.  A lush, rich dessert wine, enjoy a bottle with a almond, apricot, or pear torte. About 100 cases were made.

Rating: 91