Cole Ranch AVA

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Cole Ranch AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1983[1]
Country United States
Part of California, Mendocino AVA, Mendocino County, North Coast AVA
Grapes produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot noir, Riesling[2]

The Cole Ranch AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Mendocino County, California. At less than a quarter of a square mile, it is the smallest appellation in the United States. The AVA is located between the Russian River and Anderson Valley. All planted land in the appellation is owned by one winery, Esterlina Winery, though some of the grapes are sold to other wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling are the most popular planting. Cole Ranch is located within three larger appellations - Mendocino AVA, Mendocino County, and the North Coast AVA.[2]

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.42 Cole Ranch." Archived January 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 21, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Cole Ranch (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 21, 2008.