Our Vineyards

Since its start in 1995, Mutt Lynch Winery has been sourcing its grapes from vineyards up and down the coast of California.  Brenda has one goal in mind - create fruit-forward wines with varietally true aromatics, mid palette weight and flavor, and a full bodied and balanced finish.   The beauty of these diverse regions is that they share the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean.  By the way, Brenda’s travels always seem to have stops in beach towns for a cold beer at the local pub, which she claims are an equally important part of her winemaking... but that's another story altogether!

However, the vineyards that have a truly special place for Mutt Lynch are those associated with our Canis Major wines.  These are our "babies" that get extra love and attention, and they come from two vineyards that neighbor our winery in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County.  We leave the farming to long-time grape growers, relying instead on hand shake agreements built on trust and friendship. Each and every vintage, Brenda works with our growers on the “Mutt Lynch blocks”, those rows or sections that Brenda has deemed ideal to produce our wines.

Bruce Perotti and Brenda.

Perotti Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Owners – Bruce and Ed Perotti
Varietals – Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah

We have sourced our Zinfandel from Ed and Bruce Perotti (father and son) since 1997.  In 2002, our friendship led us to their 1.5 acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon and their wonderful old-vine Petite Sirah; Ed had finally decided the “young girl” winemaker knew what she was doing.  For us, our 10 years with the vineyard is quite a long time. For Ed, it is barely a blip on the screen. Walking the vineyard with this father and son team, one feels the history. The land has been in the family for over 90 years. Ed's grandfather "Mancini" came from Italy and settled into the Northern Sonoma area to raise fruits and grapes, selling them to other Italian immigrants in the North Beach community in San Francisco. Passing from father to son, Ed took over in the mid 1960's and Bruce has taken charge of farming in recent years.  The cycle continues.

Brenda walking in the Unti Vineyard.

Unti Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Owners – George Unti
Varietals – Syrah, Petite Sirah

The 2002 vintage was our first from the Unti Family Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. George Until settled into Dry Creek Valley in the 1980’s and now farms a diverse vineyard along Dry Creek's eastern half of the valley.  We are excited to be into "year six" of our Syrah adventure with them as we finish our 2007 vintage.  Syrah is a relative newcomer to Dry Creek Valley. Our block (a whopping 3 rows totaling 186 vines) was planted in the mid 90's and is just now reaching maturity. It appears that the collection of growing factors in our block - clone, rootstock, soils - is a good match, as canopy growth and fruit set are always in balance.  Whether luck or divine selection, we're pleased.

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2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair--Double Gold!
Our "hellishly" good 2014 HellHound Red took home a double gold in the Bordeaux Blend category. Don't
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Bay Woof Magazine Names Mutt Lynch 2016 Beast of The Bay Winner - Dog Friendliest Winery

Multiple wins never get old especially when voted on by readers. Thank you!
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2015 Orange County Fair--Gold, Silver, Bronze!
2012 mbf Petite Sirah, Perotti Vineyard-Gold, 2012 mbf Chardonnay-Silver, 2012 mbf Primitivo, Speedy Creek Vineyard-Silver,2012 mbf Zinfandel, Perotti Vineyard-Silver, 2012 mbf Charbono, Frediani Vineyard-Bronze. Howlingly good show!

2014 Sonoma County Harvest Fair--Double Gold, Silver, Bronze!
Our 2011 mbf Petite Sirah, Perotti Vineyard was awarded a Double Gold. Over 1,000 wines entered this year and we're thrilled! Our 2012 mbf Primitivo, Speedy Creek Vineyard was awarded a Silver Medal and our newest release--2012 HellHound Red was awarded a Bronze Medal. Can you dig it?

2014 Forbes Magazine Coolest Wine Labels--mbf Primitivo, Unleashed Chardonnay, "Rusty" Muttitage
Was there ever any doubt that we have the coolest labels? Well now it's official--singled out by Forbes Magazine no less. We think it's high time that these wines and labels graced your table!

2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition Lauds Mutt Lynch Winery--Double Gold & Two Bronze Medals
We're starting to need a vault! Just announced, our Double Gold win for our 2009 "mbf" Petite Sirah, Perotti Vineyard and Bronze Medals each for our 2009 "mbf" Zinfandel, Perotti Vineyard and 2011 "mbf" Primitivo, Speedy Creek Vineyard. 

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