I am a fan of Post and Vine which is a field blend (30% Carignane) from Testa Vineyard. It is made by Rebekah Wineburg who is the winemaker at Quintessa. The 2013 was recently released and it is very very good.
Bryan Harrington has been making Carignane from Mendocino for the past 5-6 years, from a small vineyard called Lover’s Lane just north of Ukiah. The vines were planted in the early 1930s. The past couple of vintages we’ve been making this wine with no added sulfites, under Bryan’s Terrane label. I think the 2014 is sold out but the 2015 should be released sometime this year.
Lover’s Lane Vineyard
We also made a Zin-based field blend from an old vineyard in the Mendocino Ridge AVA last year and will probably make it again this year. Got a tiny yield last year, hoping for more this time. It was fun going through the bins from the vineyard and seeing many obviously different grape varieties, including at least two white varieties. This wine should also be released sometime this year.
Ryme Cellars produces an old vine Carignane, also from the Testa Vineyard. I have not yet tasted the current release (I will tomorrow!), but last year’s release was terrific - clean, beautifully balanced, great fruit and structure for at least mid term aging.
I found the Reds out of that area to be quite interesting. To me, many of them speak more of the winemakers what they’re trying to achieve rather than perhaps what the grapes are offering?
For instance, with the aldersprings stuff, I found some bigger, bolder, more robust wines from winemaker who make wine and that style. I’ve also found other examples that are much more rustic and, to me, show off the varieties more clearly.
I would argue, Larry, that AlderSprings is not really MendocinoCnty, at least as we know it. Even though it’s located within the
boundaries of MendoCnty. The soils/terroir/climate there at AS is dramatically different from anyplace else in MendoCnty.