AVA - Mendocino County, California
Edmeades is famous for its limited bottlings of iconoclastic Zinfandel from the cool, coastal vineyards of Mendocino County in the Anderson Valley. The steep mountain and hillside vineyards — some within miles of the ocean — from which Edmeades sources its grapes distinguish it from other Zinfandel producers. In 1963 Dr Donald Edmeades, a cardiologist, became the first modern-day grape grower in the Anderson Valley when he planted 24 acres. He founded his winery and launched his own brand in 1972. Son Deron completed the first vintage, laying the groundwork for Edmeades wine to become the standard-bearer on the Mendocino County fine wine frontier.
Mendocino is more than a geographical location; it’s a state of mind. Cross the border from Sonoma County and your perspective suddenly changes. It is the authentic taste of one of California's final viticultural frontiers – the Anderson Valley. Edmeades craft bold, intense Zinfandels of distinctive character and personality. They work side by side with a small group of growers, who year after year produce some of Mendocino County's most highly-prized grapes. The Edmeades approach is traditional and natural; the methods are decidedly low tech. They believe in native yeast fermentations in small open-top bins, hand punchdowns, minimal manipulation and no fining or filtration at bottling. The simplicity of their methods allows the soils and climates of each site to be clearly heard in the wines.