Chris & Rita Mengler

Chris & Rita Mengler

The Wines

Rita’s Block 2016

Rita’s Block is an exotic field blend grown at the Alegria Vineyards in the Russian River Valley with 18 different varietals creating this complex wine.  This special wine is tended to by friends and family throughout the entire year, leading up to hand harvesting by this group.  After an early morning harvest starting at 2AM on September 26th, the grapes were quickly destemmed and crushed to preserve their flavors and aromas while still cold from the overnight chill.

Cellared 18 months in 30% new American Oak (Virginia).

Varietal composition of the 2016 Rita's Block:

  • Zinfandel - 68.7%

  • Primitivo - 14.1%

  • Alicante Bouschet - 3.8%

  • Petite Sirah - 2.4%

  • Trousseau - 1.9%

  • Syrah - 1.5%

  • Tinta Cao - 1.1%

  • Mataro - 1.0%

  • Negrette - 1.0%

  • Charbono - 0.9%

  • Cilieglio - 0.8%

  • Einset - 0.7%

  • Royalty - 0.5%

  • Garnacha - 0.3%

  • Liatiko - 0.3%

  • Peloursin - 0.3%

  • Cabernet Sauvignon - 0.2%

  • Graciano - 0.2%

  • Appellation: Russian River Valley, Alegria Vineyard

  • ABV: 14.1%

  • Cases Produced: 143

Rose of Syrah 2017/18

This Rhone style Rose made from 100% Syrah. They were early morning picked and whole cluster pressed immediately on receipt to the winery.  So, even with no skin contact time, the flavorful wine produced is light red in color and shows the wonderful flavors of Syrah while still being a light and refreshing Rose wine.  This makes the wine very versatile – perfect for enjoying chilled on its own or paired with a wide range of foods that will complement each other.

  • Variety: 100% Syrah

  • Appellation: Russian River Valley, Alegria Vineyard

  • Alcohol: 12.9%

  • Cases produced: 205

California > Sonoma > Mengler Family Wines


After a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, Chris Mengler and his wife Rita decided to turn their lifelong passion for wine into a vocation, and moved to Sonoma to found Mengler Family Wines. Founded in 2014 and working exclusively with Sonoma fruit sourced from several top vineyards and select American oak, they produce a range of wines including a Chard, a Viognier, Dolcetto, Sangiovese and their amazing Rita’s Block, a true field blend of 18 different grape varieties.

Chris & Rita believe in working close to the land, and handle all aspects of vineyard work and winemaking themselves with help from family and friends. Their production of only about 1500 handmade cases annually showcases a range of unique and compelling styles, all designed to express the fruit and the terroir with minimal manipulation. All fruit is sourced from California Certified Sustainable vineyards.

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Chardonnay 2018 “Christine’s Selection” (Unoaked)

Clean and focussed Chardonnay fruit fermented and aged in stainless steel, brilliant and elegant with medium body and good acidity leading into a crisp finish.

  • Varietal 100% Chardonnay

  • Appellation: Alexander Valley, Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Block 3

  • ABV 13.9%

  • Cases Produced 231

Viognier 2017

This Viognier was aged 10 months on neutral American oak and exhibits classic floral aromatics tart green apple notes and guava nectar flavors.  This wine tastes great chilled as a refreshing way to start the evening and pairs well with lighter foods.  Harvested on September 1st. 

  • Varietal: 100% Viognier

  • Appellation: Alexander Valley, Hoot Owl Creek Vineyard

  • ABV: 14.5%

  • Cases produced: 92

Dolcetto 2016

This take on the Piedmont’s Dolcetto is deeply colored with spicy aromatics and complex dark fruit flavors reminiscent of dark berries, pomegranate and chocolate.  Despite its name, this wine is full-bodied, completely dry and pairs well with a wide range of food including pastas, pizza, or steak and can also be enjoyed on its own!

The 2014 Dolcetto was aged 12 months in a variety of oak barrels; 35% new.

  • Varietal: 100% Dolcetto

  • Appellation: Russian River Valley, Alegria Vineyard

  • Alcohol: 14.1%

  • Cases produced: 110

Sangiovese 2014

This Sangiovese is an elegant representation of a classic Chianti style wine.  Aged for 20 months on American oak (30% new), this Russian River Valley Sangiovese has wonderful dark fruit flavors and great aromatics that make it a superb, food friendly wine

  •  Varietal: 100% Sangiovese

  • Appellation: Russian River Valley, Alegria Vineyards

  • Alcohol: 14.2%

  • Cases produced: 108