Gregory Graziano is a third generation winemaker whose grandfather planted his first vineyard in Mendocino County in 1918. He has a special affinity for his heritage and his passion is clear the moment you taste his wines.
Domaine Saint Gregory specializes in cooler weather varietals sourced from the Redwood, Potter and Anderson Valleys. Production includes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Noir Organic, Pinot Meunier and Pinotage. Domaine Saint Gregory adheres to classic Burgundian techniques and each of these wines is fermented in French oak barrels.
Enotria specializes in varietals originally from the Piemonte region of Northern Italy. They include Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, a rare varietal called Arneis and a blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera called Tanaro. I especially like the crispness and balance of the Enotria Barbera.
The Monte Volpe label has been produced since 1991. It uses red varietals originally from Tuscany, Abruzzi and Marche, and white varietals from Friuli. These wines include, Tocai Friulano, Primo Rosso, Primo Bianco, Peppolino, Montepulciano, and two excellent Sangioveses, one of which is biodynamic. I must confess that I had never tried wines made with a few of these grapes before visiting the tasting room.
The Graziano label is made with varietals grown in the Redwood Valley. Reflecting the region’s characteristic soils, several of the labels are bright red. Graziano makes several Zinfandels, a Zinfandel Rose and a Tocai Friulano. The Coro Mendocino is a particularly thoughtful wine. It is a blend of Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto and old vine Zinfandel.