94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Sirah from Mendocino County, California.
SRP of $30 but we've seen this one pop up on the deal sites for as low as $17.99. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Our family has created a legacy growing some of the finest wine grapes in Mendocino County. Three generations of Thornhills share a passion for crafting exceptionally bold and rich wines with a philosophy to leave things better than we find them; this includes doing what is right for the land as well as for the employees and community that work alongside us. These wines represent the best of us, they are our identity, they are our Moniker.
Mendocino is part of the larger North Coast region and is one of California's bigger AVAs. It in turn encompasses ten smaller AVAs including the well known Anderson Valley. Because the region doesn't have the name recognition of a Napa Valley or the like, it is a great spot for Reverse Wine Snobs! This is exactly what we found last week with our review of the Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel 2012 - Bring On The BBQ Sauce. Today we'll take a look at how this region does with the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape.
The 2011 Moniker Mendocino County Cabernet Sauvignon begins with pleasant aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, spice and a little vanilla and other oaky notes. When tasting this very flavorful wine you'll find lots of oaky, spicy notes (the wine spends 14 months in used French oak) along with juicy black cherry, plums, leather and cola. Dry, grippy tannins leads into more juicy fruit streaks plus tobacco notes on the long, lingering finish. Pretty darn tasty right now but I'd venture a guess it'll be even better in a year or two.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.