Wine Blog "Juicy Tales by Jo Diaz" recently posted a lovely article about Mendocino Wine Company, the Thornhill family, Mark Beaman, and Moniker Wine, saying: "The Thornhills have really put their best foot forward with Moniker wine."
Diaz notes that Mark Beaman's contributions as Moniker Estates winemaker are closely tied to his background in--and passion for--agriculuture: "He grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, and his family members were wheat farmers. What I really like most about Mark is that the did something that I could only imagine (I didn’t have the guts). He joined the Peace Corps, and worked on soil conservation projects in Tanzania. That kind of dedication and empathy is what I’d like to know a winemaker has experienced… where he’s also worked outside of his comfort zone and wine disciplines."
The articles goes on to praise several individual Moniker wines:
"2012 Moniker Chardonnay, Mendocino County ~ Ripe and resplendent, Golden Delicious apples with a bit of toasty almond on the finish…"
"2012 Moniker Pinot Noir, Mendocino County ~ This is a hearty and rustic Pinot for me, destined for barbeques of the best kind… with Pulled Pork Sliders. The American oak is what gives it that rustic, American-style edge. Its spice is evident and part of its appeal. Still within the 13 percent alcohol, it’s a wine with great depth."
"2011 Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County ~ Lots of tannic backbone, so either lay it down for a while, or use an aerator to give yourself the most enjoyment for its big, opulent flavors of cassis, blackberries, and a hint of cigar box.This is a big, complex wine."
A great review from a great wine blog!