POSTED ON June 4, 2008 | IN Mendocino Wine Country | BY joe

As we head west toward Boonville on Highway 128 from Cloverdale, the first wine region we reach is Yorkville Highlands. There are three wineries of note along Highway 128 in this region and the first one we come to is Yorkville Cellars. Yorkville Cellars is a small family-owned winery practicing organic farming. They make nine different wines and produce a total of 1000 cases per year.

We are happy to discover this winery because the wines are very good at reasonable prices and we like the idea of how the winery goes about the business of wines. There is a lot of tender loving care involved. The winery is owned and operated by Deborah & Edward Wallo who purchased the property in 1988. The first wines were made in 1994. Edward is the winemaker along with the consulting winemaker, Greg Graziano. The estate vineyards surround the tasting room and there are a couple of picnic tables available for lunch. The wines are not made at the vineyards in Yorkville but at a winemaking facility in Ukiah.

Our favorite wine of the six we tasted was the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of the best Sauvignon Blancs we have tasted, so good in fact that we purchase a case. This wine in our estimation is very underrated. Yorkville also makes a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot, a Petite Verdot, and a couple of Bordeaux blends.

If you are traveling through these parts, don’t pass this winery by; it is one of the best and one of the more interesting wineries as you make your way to the Anderson Valley. The winery is located about 17 miles from the Highway 101 turnoff at Cloverdale.

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