Edmeades Winery

In 1963, Dr. Donald Edmeades, a Pasadena cardiologist, planted grapes in the tiny hamlet of Philo, in the Anderson Valley, making him the first modern-day grower to do so in that remote stretch of western Mendocino County. His son, Deron, began Edmeades Winery in 1972. It quickly gained a reputation not only for Anderson Valley-grown wines, but for lusty, mountain Zinfandels that won gold medals and earned high scores from critics. In fact, Edmeades helped launch the fame of these intense, hillside Mendocino Zins.

In 1988, Edmeades was purchased by Jess Jackson, making it one of the first wineries to join the Jackson Family Wines portfolio. Winemaker Ben Salazar, who had previously worked at Carmel Road and La Crema, became chief winemaker in 2012.

History of the Region
The Pomos and other Native American tribes settled coastal Mendocino thousands of years ago. The first Europeans to explore the region were 16th century Spaniards. A burgeoning lumber industry brought large numbers of settlers in the 1800s, with Mendocino being declared one of the new state of California's first counties, in 1850. But this resulted also in chopping down most of the Old Growth Redwoods.

Following the Gold Rush, Italian-American immigrants came in earnest; the rolling hills and dales reminded them of home. Their names remain on their vineyards, such as Gianoli and Perli. Today, Mendocino County remains fairly remote. Its wines are usually divided into varieties grown in warmer inland regions, like Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, and more delicate varieties--Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir--that thrive in the cooler Anderson Valley.

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Edmeades Zinfandel 2015
“Offering plenty of Zinny character, it’s dry and brisk in mouth-cleansing acidity, with soft tannins and rich flavors of dusty baking spices, blackberry purée, cherry compote, cola, shaved dark chocolate, red licorice and a savory coating of toasted cedar wood. A great accompaniment to barbecue,
Item Number: 32423
Case: $167.40

Edmeades Zinfandel 2014
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 WE TOP 100 2018 Rank 6 Tight, concentrated aromas of black fig and dark chocolate meet beefy, earthy and ripe berry flavors in this high-powered, concentrated wine. It has a full body and firm tannins that give it a powerful structure, with nice depth and a lingering chocolate

Edmeades Zinfandel 2013
"Offering plenty of Zinny character, it's dry and brisk in mouth-cleansing acidity, with soft tannins and rich flavors of dusty baking spices, blackberry puree, cherry compote, cola, shaved dark chocolate, red licorice and a savory coating of toasted cedar wood." ~Winery Notes

Edmeades Zinfandel 2012
"The 2012 Mendocino County Zinfandel is layered with aromas of wild blackberries, spiced plums, cherries, cracked black pepper, and clove spice. A round and lush texture, with flavors of blackberry compote and red-fleshed plum, is balance by fine tannins and a pleasing acidity. Notes of toasted oak,

Edmeades Zinfandel 2011
90  Anthony Dias Blue 
Anthony Dias Blue 90 “Smooth and lush with blackberries and spice; silky and showing bright acidity and a long,  juicy finish; a nicely balanced wine." ~ Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel  “The 2011 Mendocino Zinfandel expresses aromas of fresh cherries, blueberries, and plums. Generous fruit

Edmeades Zinfandel 2010
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "With a heady bouquet of berry and peppery spice, new Edmeades winemaker Ben Salazar is showing great talent with Mendocino Zinfandel, producing a fairly large-scale bottling full of intense spice and soft tannins. Graham crackers and oak play gingerly in the background. This is

Edmeades Zinfandel 2009
88  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 88"Ripe, focused and zesty, with wild berry, bitter chocolate and anise aromas that follow through to appealing flavors of plum, smoke and freshly cracked pepper. Drink now through 2018. " TF

Edmeades 'Perli Vineyard' Zinfandel 2007
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "From a steep hillside site planted in the 1800's, only ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, the 2007 Zinfandel Perli Vineyard exhibits a deep ruby/garnet color as well as an intoxicatingly heady nose of spice box, herbs, blue and red fruits, pepper, and incense. The wine is rich and

Edmeades Zinfandel 2007
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The 2007 Zinfandel Mendocino is a super-generic cuvee boasting a deep ruby hue as well as a stunning nose of sweet, briery black cherries, black currants, spice, and an underlying floral character. Abundant flavor, medium to full body, impressive purity, and fine elegance suggest