McDowell Valley (AVA)
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Dominated by a single winery, the McDowell Valley AVA is a tiny, high-sloping bench land that sits up to 1,000 feet above sea level. McDowell Valley Vineyards petitioned successully for appellation status in 1987. Overlooking the Russian River to the west, this little valley in southeastern Mendocino County covers only 540 acres. The region is slightly cooler than surrounding areas, creating conditions that are ideal for select varietals. McDowell Valley Vineyards specializes in Rhone red varietals like Grenache and Syrah (as well as Zinfandel), some coming from century-old vineyards. Characterful white Rhone varietals like Marsanne and Viognier complement the roster of big flavorful reds.

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Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard 2005 Durif - McDowell Valley Vineyard Durif is the real name for Petite Sirah. Loads of blackberry fruit with hints of black pepper and smoky spice.
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