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Coro Mendocino releases its 2008

Coro means “CHORUS” in Italian and Spanish, which brings together a collaborative spirit of Mendocino’s winemakers. In 2001, a group of Mendocino winemakers challenged themselves to create for the world a wine derived from Mendocino’s wine heritage, individual diversity and best grape varieties. Veteran winemakers with decades of experience created Coro Mendocino. Coro Mendocino wine is made entirely in Mendocino County and exclusively from Mendocino County fruit, in which our wines shares a juried quality standard and a trademarked package. This is the first time in U. S. history that winemakers from any region have created parameters for a wine distinctive to their area. Coro Mendocino is a class of ultra-premium wines made to showcase the rich heritage and unique characteristics of our Mendocino County home. Every Coro is a signature blend individually crafted from Mendocino County grapes in accordance with strict Coro Mendocino bylaws and certified by the Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance to carry the Coro Mendocino mark and label. To qualify as a Coro bottling, the wine must be 100% Mendocino grown, and come from Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other grapes that have been grown in the county for generations. Coro’s blending rules begin with the requirements that the wine contain at least 40% Zinfandel and that no other variety can eclipse the percentage of Zinfandel. The complex blending rules are compounded by defined ranges for specific chemistry, such as alcolhol and PH, and also rules for aging. 100% new oak for at least 12 months, and another year in the bottle on top of that. All these factors make it relatively expensive to produce a coro bottling, which must also use a special label and top of the line cork. Varietal Makeup: Zinfandel to compose a minimum of 40% and a maximum of 70% of each Coro blend. Zinfandel shall compromise dominant percentage of each Coro blend. Second Tier Varietals: Percentage of any one not exceed Zinfandel as majority component and maximum of 5% out of vintage. Syrah, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Sangiovese, Grenache, Dolcetto, Charbono, Barbera, Primitovo. Selection Panel and Review Process: A selection panel of 5 members of Consortium Mendocino, at least 3 being participating winemakers, will be appointed each year at the annual meeting. The purpose of the panel will be to supervise the Coro tasting process, to conduct the qualifying selection panel tasting ( a simple pass/fail majority vote) and to conduct the pre-release bottle review tasting. For purchasing Coro Mendocino visit contact us. For lodging phone 707-937-2810 or online at reservations. For dinner phone 707-937-2810 or online at opentable.  
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