Skinner Vineyards 2016 Mourvedre, El Dorado

Skinner Vineyards 2016 Mourvedre, El Dorado

Item Number: 11583

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: El Dorado
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 99% Mourvédre / 1% Grenache
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.6
Case Production: 388

Vineyard Sources:
Estate - 32% Stoney Creek, 14% White Oak Flats
Local - 24% Von Heune, 12% Elenridge, 12% The Pub, 6% Marchini

About Mourvèdre: 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.

Harvest Notes: The 2016 harvest was the best vintage for Mourvédre to date. It was just the right amount of hangtime, sunshine, and heat. The Mourvèdre blocks set an average crop and enjoyed a mild to average growing season.

Winemaking Notes: In the cellar, the wine is produced with native yeast, minimal sulfites, 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 two Skinner estate vineyards, all of which are comprised of various soil types, aspects, and elevations.

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 savory notes of wild sage, underbrush, and pine needles. The tannins are mild and the acidity is fresh and lingering on the palate.

Reviews

  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (11/1/2018)

    This classy wine offers a mix of spice rack and black cherry aromas, with rich plum, earth and rhubarb flavors. There is balance between ripeness of fruit and tension from the tannins and acidity. It stands on it own as a beautifully complex but not heavy wine.