Winery Tasting Notes: This wine is patterned after the white wines from the Cotes du Rhone. Very fresh and vibrant on the palate, there is a nice balance between weight and acidity, which lends itself to a variety of dishes. The wine shows aromas of tropical and citrus fruit coupled with white flowers and subtle notes of sweet spice and hazelnut. We ferment with native yeasts in a combination of stainless steel barrels and French oak (almost all neutral). The wine rests on its gross lees until being blended together at bottling after 8 months in barrel.
Blend: 54% Grenache Blanc, 13% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne
Alcohol Level: 13.3%
Cases Produced: 616
Winemaker Name: Chris Pittenger
Maturity: Drink Now – 2019
Pairings: Soft cheeses, Fruit compotes, White Fish
90 points ‘Wine Enthusiast’
Fun Facts: Scottish gold miner James Skinner, founded the J. Skinner Native Wine and Brandy in 1861 in Rescue, CA. In 2006, Mike & Carey Skinner bought property a mile or so from the original Skinner homestead. The Skinners immediately brought winemaker Chris Pittenger, formerly with Williams Selyem and Marcassin in Sonoma, on board the same year. They worked closely with Chris in planning the new Skinner Vineyards and Winery operation, creating a winemaking program that aims to honor their family history. Together, they mapped out a course for the wine program with the goal of creating world-class wines that respect their heritage and create a legacy for future generations. Skinner Vineyards fosters the resurrection of their family lineage through their two Estate properties they believe hold the future of California wines.
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