Coro Mendocino, a collection of ultra-premium wines produced to showcase the rich heritage and unique characteristics of Mendocino County, will debut their 2011 vintage at a Release Party hosted by the Little River Inn on Saturday, June 28th. The 2011 vintage marks the 11th release for Coro Mendocino, and includes wines from eight diverse Mendocino County vintners. ‘Coro’ means ‘chorus’ in Italian and Spanish, which is fitting, as Coro Mendocino is the first wine of its kind to set blending and aging parameters for a wine distinctive to its region, and the only truly collaborative winemaking consortia in the United States.
Every Coro wine is a signature blend, individually handcrafted in Mendocino County from 100% Mendocino County grapes, in strict accordance with the production protocols and bylaws set forth by Consortium Mendocino. Zinfandel, the county’s heritage varietal, must make up no more than 70% and no less than 40% of the wine. Nine other types of grapes may be included, typically Rhone or Italian varietals.*
All Coro Mendocino wines are aged a minimum of one year in the barrel and one in the bottle before the world is permitted to taste them. Even then, no one can sip until the winemakers in the Consortium have blind-tasted every wine and determined that the wine is worthy of the Coro label.
2014 marks the 11th vintage of the Coro Mendocino label, established in 2000 by a collection of liked-minded Mendocino County winemakers. The reviews for previous years have been effusive, calling the wines “smooth, lush, intense; sophisticated, fun; fat, rich, long and stylish” with hints of fruit such as blackberry and ripe plum.
Of course, no two Coro wines are ever exactly alike. Oenophiles will have the opportunity to be the first to taste the 2011 vintage at the official Coro Release Party, to be held at the historic Little River Inn property located on the Mendocino Coast. Each vintner will pour a sampling of their white and sparkling wines during the cocktail hour, during which time attendees will be able to bid on a selection of silent auction items featuring past vintages of Coro library wines. All proceeds will go to the Mendocino College Foundation’s Agricultural Scholarship on behalf of Consortium Mendocino. Next begins the gourmet, multi-course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Marc Dym of Little River Inn. Each course will be paired with one or more of the 2011 Coro wines. * Please see below for full menu with wine pairings.* Afterwards, attendees will receive a complete collection of 2011 Coro wines to take home and enjoy.
2011 Coro Mendocino Release Party
WHERE: Little River Inn — Little River, CA
WHEN: Saturday, June 28th, 2014 — 6 p.m.
WHAT: Multi-course, progressive dinner for two prepared by Chef Dym using local and seasonal ingredients
PRICE: $500 per couple
WINE: Coro Mendocino 2011 vintage collection (and other wines) by Barra of Mendocino, Brutocao Cellars, Clos du Bois, Golden Vineyards, McFadden Vineyard, Parducci Wine Cellars, Fetzer Vineyards and Testa Vineyards. Everyone receives a complete set of these eight wines to take home.
“The Coro wines have evolved over the last 11 years as full-bodied, fruit-forward products that stand out as complex and different from standard varietal bottlings,” said Dennis Patton, Winemaker for Golden Vineyards. “The Little River Inn, operated by fifth-generation innkeeper Cally Dym, has been hosting our release dinner for almost a decade now, and is the perfect setting in which to show off our 2011 vintage.”