John On Wine blog reports that the 2013 Moniker Chardonnay won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Mendocino County Wine Competiton!
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The rich and bold, New World-style Moniker Chardonnay was made primarily from grapes grown at La Ribera, the Thornhill family’s home vineyard along the banks of the Russian River.
After gently pressing a combination of whole-cluster and de-stemmed grapes, we fermented and aged the wine four months sur lie in American oak barrels. This added a sturdy, complex framework for our fruit’s signature pear, apple and crisp mineral flavors.
We then blended in a lush, barrel-fermented Viognier sourced from nearby Hopland and another subtly spicy lot of Chardonnay aged in French oak for a wine that is equal parts nuanced and approachable.