This is the last vintage of this wine, so I’d recommend picking up a few bottles. A rock-solid cabernet that has the big oak and extraction one would expect for a luxury wine, but it snuck into the PLCB Wine & Spirits stores for half of that.
There’s a reason for that (there always is). Moniker Wine Estate is shedding its inventory to become a Chardonnay-only winery. It’s an odd move, but it’s one dictated by the winery’s corporate owner, Mendocino Wine Company. Moniker is one of several brands MWC owns, including Parducci Wine Cellars and Paul Dolan Vineyards.
The company recently acquired four more brands, including Zin-Phomaniac, Tie-Dye, Jellybean Vineyards, and Slices Sangria. From those names, you can kinda tell that MWC is focusing on the value-brands rather than high-end Cabernets. Their change of direction gives us some really good juice for a pittance.