Skinner El Dorado Mourvèdre 2016

Mourvèdre has many names around the world. In Spain it is called Monastrell, in Australia it goes by Mataro, and in France and America it goes by Mourvèdre. This varietal is known for its meaty, earthy, and rustic qualities and is commonly used as a blending component in wines. More recently, winemakers are bottling it as its own variety to showcase its unique characteristics. Only 800 acres exist in California of which Skinner has about 3 acres planted on its two estate vineyards.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2016 Mourvèdre is a delicate and pretty wine that is light on its feet. This medium bodied red offers aromatics of red fruits like cherry and pomegranate, complemented with savoury notes of wild sage, underbrush, and pine needles. The tannins are mild and the acidity is fresh and lingering on the palate.
Winemaker's Notes
The 2016 harvest was the best vintage for Mourvédre to date. It was just the right amount of hang-time, sunshine, and heat. The Mourvèdre blocks set an average crop and enjoyed a mild to average growing season. In the cellar, the wine is produced with native yeast, minimal sulphur, and is not racked off of its gross lees until being bottled unfined and unfiltered after 11 months in 100% seasoned French Oak. It is sourced from 6 vineyards throughout El Dorado including the two estate vineyards, all of which are comprised of various soil types, aspects, and elevations.
Estate Vineyards
32% Stoney Creek | 14% White Oak Flats
Local Vineyards
24% Von Heune | 12% Elenridge | 12% The Pub | 6% Marchini

Collections: Skinner Vineyards

Type: Red Wine


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