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Skinner Vineyards & Winery – Grenache Blanc

United States
California
Wine
White

The Facts

Origins United States > California > El Dorado

Appellation El Dorado

Cepage 87% Grenache Blanc, 13% Roussanne

Winemaking Cold pressed as individual lots. Native fermentation took place in concrete and neutral French oak.

Aging 5 months sur lees | 12% new French oak

Alcohol Content 12.5 %

Production 385 cases

Serendipity Markets Texas

The Character

Tasting Notes The aromatics of Grenache Blanc are punchy and brilliant, as the nose suggests a wine of tremendous posture. The first impression is crushed limestone and white flowers, giving way to underpinnings of blood orange, honeysuckle and sandalwood. This wine’s clean, platinum hue and lithe aromatics only begin to tell the story of its deep, complex palate presence of weight and electric tension; a tight balance of flowers, fruit and dirt, this is a real testament to the transcendence of El Dorado-grown white Rhônes.

Aromas crushed limestone, white flowers, blood orange, honeysuckle, coconut

The Story

Grenache Blanc, while not considered “obscure”, is still not widely understood by consumers. Hailing first from Northeast Spain as a mutation of the red Grenache Noir grape, and eventually migrating to various regions in the Rhone Valley—especially in the South—it is often shrugged off as a blender, or at its best, the Rhone’s answer to Pinot Gris. Of course, this is not the case when it comes to our approach to Grenache Blanc at Skinner; this varietal, with all its complexities, takes no back seat to Viognier or Marsanne/Roussane blends. Our goal is to celebrate Grenache Blanc by crafting a wine with a foot in the past and a foot in the present; the marriage of rustic minerality and bizarre floral-salinity, with deep texture and nervy poise. The vineyards blocks were meticulously farmed; the goal being to produce a standalone Grenache Blanc that would be both approachable and age-able. The grapes were cold pressed as individual lots. The juice saw no sulfur, as we allowed for a “brown-out” process to take place. The oxidation of the juice over the course of several days and subsequent racking off of gross lees offers an opportunity for any harsh, bitter phenolics to drop out, yielding softer, clarified juice for a gentle but highly reductive native fermentation. Fermentation took place largely in concrete and French oak barrels.

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Brand Story

Much like an unearthed vein of gold’s illusive promise once hidden deep within the rock, the contemporary story of Skinner Vineyards and Winery began with a chance encounter that would ultimately reveal six generations of family legacy built on the dreams of a Scottish immigrant and miner during the California Gold Rush with a passion for winemaking in the rich foothills of El Dorado County.


Brand Story

Much like an unearthed vein of gold’s illusive promise once hidden deep within the rock, the contemporary story of Skinner Vineyards and Winery began with a chance encounter that would ultimately reveal six generations of family legacy built on the dreams of a Scottish immigrant and miner during the California Gold Rush with a passion for winemaking in the rich foothills of El Dorado County.

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