VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Moniker Wine Estates
Three generations of Thornhills have a legacy of growing grapes in Mendocino County. In the late 1990s, Tommy thornhill, Jr., a retired businessman, and Ann Thornhill, an educator, moved from Texas to the Ukiah Valley of California to rejoin sons Tom and Tima and their families.
The estate La Ribera Vineyard is located on the eastern banks of the Russian River in the southern Ukiah Valley. 150 acres are planted to vines, with the original plantings dating to the early 1950s. The river and its riparian zone have a cooling influence that tempers summer heat. Varieties grown include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah.
The Moniker winemaker is Mark Beaman who worked at Columbia Crest Winery before joining Moniker as enologist in 2004.
A Pinot Noir sourced from three cool-climate Mendocino County vineyards is among the varietal offerings.
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