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Pacific Star Winery
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The imposing redwood and stone barn structure nestles into the cliffside, protected from crashing waves by a flat rock bench eroded over eons. The cellar is filled with French, Hungarian and American oak barrels and specialty equipment suited to handcrafted wine production. Italian water bladder presses, open-top fermenters and a portable grape receiving systems allow small lot premium winemaking with critical attention to detail. The unique location lets magical forces come into play; waves crash into sea caves under the cellar, naturally filtering wine from its sediment. Salt from sea air deposits on barrels accelerating osmosis while creating viscous and dense wines.
Fort Bragg, CA
Phone: (707) 964-1155 
Website: http://www.pacificstarwinery.com
Appellation: Mendocino
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2002 Viognier
Ripken Vineyard, Lodi

Grapes from the Ripken Vineyard in Lodi, CA

Stainless steel fermented to retain floral and spice. This no-oak style is crisp, clean and dry to pair with delicate se ... moreafood and Asian food flavors. The Ripken Vineyard was chosen for its flavor consistency developed by the dependably long and hot growing season of the Lodi/Delta area.

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2003 Chardonnay
Pamela's Vineyard, Mendocino County

Our chardonnay style is clean and crisp with the acidity to stand up to many luscious and saucy foods. Many tasters who visit our winery that do not normally like chardonnay...hav ... moree a change of heart. Oak is a component and is gently there on the palate without literally hitting you over the head with a 2X4. Besides our style of winemaking, the quality is in the well-cared for "Pamela's Vineyard" Ricetti vineyard grapes which we exclusively receive from good friends, Pamela and Tom.

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Pinot Noir
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2004 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County

Sideways aside, Pinot has always been a favorite varietal of both seasoned wine lovers and novices. Lush fruit, French oak and a body to die for –that can age nicely for ten years. ... more Great with grilled salmon and easily stands up to powerful sauces. This is a blend of 5 vineyard sites and only 350 cases were produced.

Made in the Burgundian style, our new release Pinot Noir has light cherry fruit with a soft and elegant finish. A perfect wine for pairing with salmon or to have at a turkey dinner with all the fixin's.

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2004 Merlot
Pamela's Vineyard, Mendocino County

Pamela's Vineyard thrives right in the heart of the Ukiah Valley as part of the historic Yokayo Ranch. Private roads lead to this peaceful and spiritual places where Pomo tribes he ... moreld their ceremonies and the charcoal of their fire pits is still visible among the vine rows. We call Pamela the Wine Diva - she studied opera for many years and sings to her vines as she lovingly prunes them, drives the tractor, and picks the grapes at harvest.

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2004 Carignane
Ricetti Vineyards, Mendocino County

Early decades of California's wine industry found this commonly grown grape used as the backbone of blended red "jug" wines, where it provided spice and fragrance to the more heady ... more and densely colored blending grapes. Today we're lucky to revisit this heritage varietal, allowing wine lovers to appreciate Carignane for it's own qualities.

Out of respect for vines their ancestors planted, Mendocino County grape farmers Tom and Pamela Ricetti struggle to keep Carignane and other rare varietals available to us. At their Redwood Valley vineyard, Tom tills the same rich soil and prunes the same vines as his father - harvesting grapes derived from generations of labor. I'm grateful to partner with such heritage-rich growers and hope you'll try our other wines made from nearly forgotten vineyards.

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2003 Charbono
Graziano Vineyard, Mendocino County

Common 50 years ago, acreage is now at 83 in California, up from a low of 47 left in the world only five years ago. It nearly disappeared because all the Charbono left was old head ... more-pruned vines that were severely virused and weak. Struggling to ripen their fruit, the big clusters become vulnerable to mildew and rot from early rains. Only the most patient growers can wait long enough for maturity. One of Napa Valley's original wineries, Inglenook, produced memorable Charbono, many of which still retain their drinkability 20 years later. Our flagship wine, this lovely relic is enjoying a rebirth and finding fans all over the country.

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2002 Dad's Daily Red
Mendocino County

My Scandinavian family started drinking wine when Dad developed stomach ulcers as a result of the insufficient nutrition he endured in the harsh jungle living conditions of the Pac ... moreific war zone during World War II. His severe physical state necessitated major surgical operations in the 1950’s leaving him with only a small portion of his stomach intact. His doctor, Horace McCorkle of the University of California in San Francisco had remarkable insight for his time, recommending Dad consume a daily glass of red wine with meals to aid his impaired digestion. Fred embraced this enlightened concept and had no need of further surgery. Over 50 years later he's a vigorously healthy veteran celebrating a full life at 84, still helping his daughter around the winery, and still drinking his favorite red wine!

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It's My Fault

A new multi-vintage blend of Syrah, Charbono and Carignane, commemorating the announcement of the Pacific Star Fault, named for and running directly under our winery. The fault is ... morea part of the San Andreas system and may well be the northern extension of the Hayward Fault located in the East Bay region of San Francisco.

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2004 Coro
Mendocino County

In 2000 Pacific Star joined with 8 other wineries to bring recognition to Mendocino County’s rich heritage of fine vineyards. Strict production protocol was developed to define a s ... moreophisticated blending program. Each winery’s blend is, by rule, based upon 40% to 70% Zinfandel and 9 other varietals can be added as components in lesser amounts – but all grapes must be grown in Mendocino County.

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2004 Zinfandel
Mendocino County

A blend of both new and old Mendocino County Zinfandel vines. By moving the wine periodically from one barrel to another, we weave in nuances of French, California and Yugoslavi ... morean oak adding a subtle dimension. Medium-bodied with moderate alcohol, it's still food-friendly and fits the bill for that meal where only Zin will do. Drink within the next three years to enjoy the maximum fruitiness and balance.

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2003 Barbera
Mendocino County

Native to the Piemonte region in Northwest Italy, Barbera is uncommon in the US market with a shortage of plantings in appropriate sites. Its naturally high acidity needs to be tem ... morepered by a slow ripening season made up of hot days and cool nights – we’re fortunate to find this ideal temperature range in the benchlands of Mendocino County. Try Barbera with your favorite Italian style foods.

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Other Red
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2003 Charbera
Mendocino County

A 50 – 50 blend of Charbono and Barbera in a style from northern Italy where blending is commonplace. The name is also a blend of the two varietals. This wine will complement grill ... moreed meats, salamis, smoked and aged cheeses, sausages and other high fat content (its tannins dissolve the fat without being too rich and bold itself) and grilled wild mushrooms.


Updated on January 2, 2008

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Pacific Star Winery at http://www.pacificstarwinery.com or calling (707) 964-1155  to verify the winery's location.

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