Red Wine by Moniker from North Coast, California. Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon is a structured wine showcasing the best of Mendocino’s bench-land vineyards. The gravel loam rich soils of these vineyards force the typically vigorous Cabernet vines to form small berries which in turn create dark and densely flavored wines. From maceration to fermentation, Moniker worked to preserve the wine’s tannic backbone: coldsoaking the grapes for two days, pumping over the cap, and briefly leaving some of the lots on the skins for greater extraction. They chose a Languedoc yeast strain prized for delivering optimum fore-mouth volume while retaining varietally correct flavors of currant, black olive and tobacco. Though this wine is 99% Cabernet Sauvignon they did blend in 1% of Petit Verdot for power. Aged for 22 months in 36% new American oak for bold vanilla and spice character that adds to the savory and fruit forward nature of this wine.