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2011 Coro Mendocino Red Blend

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Appellation: Mendocino County

By: McFadden Vineyard

In: Mendocino County, CA

750mL / 13.5% ABV

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You can read more about Coro under the "Experience" section below, but McFadden is becoming known for producing the best of this wine year in and year out. Made from organic grapes, this wine is an homage to the old Italian field blends that used to grace the fields of Mendocino. This blend of 50% Zinfandel, 35% Syrah, and 15% Petite Sirah has loads of eloquent fruit up front and finishes with some great earthy notes. Smooth and easydrinking with a dark soul, this wine is great with food or by itself thanks to its lower-than-typical alcohol.

What We Love

  • Unique, rare, and interesting
  • Highly acclaimed
  • Organic

This is a great wine to bring to a party because of the story behind Coro itself (read more under the "Experience" section below). A conversation piece and an excellent, unique wine.


11 vintages ago, a group of Mendocino County winemakers joined together and came up with the idea to create an ultra-premium wine blend that would showcase the heritage varietal of Mendocino County, Zinfandel. The christened label and blend known as “Coro,” is the first wine of its kind to set blending and aging parameters for a wine distinctive to its region in the United States. Every Coro wine is a signature blend, individually crafted in Mendocino County from 100 percent Mendocino County grapes, in strict accordance with the Consortium Mendocino Bylaws. Each Coro wine must lead with 40-70 percent Zinfandel and may be blended with up to nine named varietals, honoring the “Old Italian” field blends of Mendocino. Production must adhere to strict protocols along with strict rules concerning wine chemistry, and barrel and bottle aging before the release of this extremely limited case production. As a final test, the Coro wines must pass a review by a panel of winemakers in four blind tastings before the wine is accepted and certified to carry the Coro Mendocino label. Once certified, each Coro wine is bottled in a uniform bottle, label and marked with the Coro seal.


With names like Guinness and Jameson McFadden, it might seem odd that this family ended up in the wine business. However, over the years, McFadden's grapes have represented a significant portion of many award winning wines in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. Unlike many organic farms, McFadden Vineyard was organic from the very beginning. These wines are made from organically grown grapes - meaning that at no time were any chemical fertilizers or pesticides ever used in the production of the grapes in McFadden's wines.

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