Mendocino County, CA (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
Coro Mendocino, a collection of ultra-premium wines produced to showcase the rich heritage and unique characteristics of Mendocino County, debuted their 2011 vintage at a Release Party hosted by the Little River Inn on Saturday, June 28th. The 2011 vintage marks the 11th release for Coro Mendocino, and includes wines from eight diverse Mendocino County vintners. ‘Coro’ means ‘chorus’ in Italian and Spanish, which is fitting, as Coro Mendocino is the first wine of its kind to set blending and aging parameters for a wine distinctive to its region, and the only truly collaborative winemaking consortia in the United States.
Every Coro wine is a signature blend, individually handcrafted in Mendocino County from 100% Mendocino County grapes, in strict accordance with the production protocols and bylaws set forth by Consortium Mendocino. Zinfandel, the county’s heritage varietal, must make up no more than 70% and no less than 40% of the wine. Nine other types of grapes may be included, typically Rhone or Italian varietals.
All Coro Mendocino wines are aged a minimum of one year in the barrel and one in the bottle before the world is permitted to taste them. Even then, no one can sip until the winemakers in the Consortium have blind-tasted every wine and determined that the wine is worthy of the Coro label.
In 2014, Coro celebrates the 11th vintage of the Coro Mendocino label, established in 2000 by a collection of liked-minded Mendocino County winemakers. The reviews for previous years have been effusive, calling the wines “smooth, lush, intense; sophisticated, fun; fat, rich, long and stylish” with hints of fruit such as blackberry and ripe plum.
“The Coro wines have evolved over the last 11 years as full-bodied, fruit-forward products that stand out as complex and different from standard varietal bottlings,” said Dennis Patton, Winemaker for Golden Vineyards. “We’re extremely proud of this collection, and we hope to continue making these wines for years to come.”
NOTES ON THE 2011 VINTAGE
WINEMAKER WINERY BLEND
Owen Smith Barra of Mendocino 69% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
David Brutocao Brutocao Cellars 52% Zinfandel, 27% Barbera, 11% Primitivo, 10% Carignane
George Phelan Clos du Bois Winery 50% Zinfandel, 37% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah
Zidanelia Arcidiacono Fetzer Vineyards 48% Zinfandel, 30% Syrah, 21% Petite Sirah, 1% Mourvedre
Dennis Patton Golden Vineyards 65% Zinfandel, 25% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah
Guinness McFadden McFadden Farms 50% Zinfandel, 35% Syrah, 15% Petite Sirah
Bob Swain Parducci Wine Cellars 45% Zinfandel, 27% Petite Sirah, 20% Syrah, 8% Grenache
Maria Martinson Testa Vineyards 40% Zinfandel, 35% Carignane, 15% Carbono, 10% Petite Sirah
About Coro Mendocino
Established in 2000, Coro is the only American example of winemakers coming together to set standards for a class of wines to represent a particular wine region. That region is Mendocino County, a diverse area that encompasses a variety of climates and soils, and boasts a mixture of multi-generational winemakers with deep Italian roots alongside newcomers with extensive and varied backgrounds. Coro means chorus in Italian and it represents the crafting of the Mendocino terroir into wines that “sing” on the palate.\
Every Coro wine is a signature blend, individually crafted in Mendocino County from 100 percent Mendocino County grapes, in strict accordance with the Coro Mendocino bylaws. Each Coro wine must lead with between 40-70 percent Zinfandel and may be blended with up to nine named varietals, honoring the “Old Italian” field blends of Mendocino. Every bottle is held to strict protocols, and must be aged at least one year in the barrel and one year in the bottle, followed by blind-tasting by the winemakers before it can be deemed a Coro wine.
For more information about Coro Mendocino, please call (707) 485-8885 or visit http://www.coromendocino.com.
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