by Fred McMillin
for May 27, 1997
Yorkville Fills the Bill
No fungicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. That's Proprietor Ed Wallo's policy at Yorkville Cellars. Does it work? My panel thinks so. The winner of Best White at our last tasting was Ed's '95 Semillon... 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon and 100% classy. I've tasted similar blends in the Graves District of Bordeaux and this Yorkville is just as pleasing...a substantial mouthful with fine fig flavors.
1995 Semillon, Mendocino County
Category: Highly Recommended in its price range
Postscript: The Name Game: Yorkville is named after the English York family that settled on this Mendocino land 140 years ago. The Mendocino name appeared even earlier. In 1542, Portuguese mariner Juan Rodriquez named a California cape after his boss, Mexican Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza. Hence, the town and county called Mendocino.
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