ZAP September 23, 2020 | By Chris Sawyer
What’s true of this whole county is also true of Mendocino County’s Legendary Zinfandel Vineyards, which are largely off the beaten path. It is particularly true with the historic high-elevation sites that are at the Ciapusci, Gianoli, Perli and Zeni ranches off Fish Rock Road, which runs along the windy, timber-laden ridge that separates the scenic route from the Yorkville Highlands and Anderson Valley appellations, from the Pacific Ocean in the southwest corner of the county. The same can be said about the Talmage Bench, a series of special vineyards planted in the early 20thCentury that are located in the warmer inland area, east of Ukiah. Here are profiles of some of these unique sites and passionate people preserving the legacy of these vines for the future.