Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: *** $$$ Moniker Pinot Noir, Mendocino Valley, California, 2012

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Moniker Wines are a line of Mendocino County, California, wines provided by the Thornhill family and vinted by winemaker Mark Beaman.  This pinot noir is from a blend of three Mendocino county valleys: Anderson, Redwood and Potter.

Original tasting and review : This is Moniker Pinot Noir, Mendocino Valley, California, 2012, finished at 13.5% alcohol, actually quite shy by California pinot noir standards.  The finish included use of American oak.  Tasting sample was provided by a representative of the winery.

In the glass: Medium red with orange highlights.  Light-hued overall.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows slightly deeper notes beside a bright primary fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be classic and bright, with some dark oak behind it, perhaps.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite dark and stormy, much blacker and full of charcoal than the aroma would have suggested.   Good fruit behind it all, yielding an overall sense of savory spiciness.  The finish speaks mostly of brightness, with the taut cherry fruit lingering way up high in your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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