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Skinner Vineyards & Winery – Picpoul Blanc

United States
California
Wine
White

The Facts

Origins United States > California > El Dorado

Appellation El Dorado

Cepage 100% Picpoul

Winemaking Cold pressed as individual lots. Native fermentation took place in new French oak puncheon and stainless steel.

Aging 4 months | 22% new French oak, 78% stainless

Alcohol Content 13.1 %

Production 239 cases

Serendipity Markets Texas

The Character

Tasting Notes Our goal was to craft something crisp and elegant, and 2021 afforded us that opportunity. With stony, resonant floral-fruit tones in the aromatics, hinting at the complexity that is to be found on the palate. This wine is viscous but very lively, full of delightful notes of lychee, white pepper, vanilla and lemon curd.

Aromas lychee, white pepper, vanilla, lemon curd

The Story

Perhaps, our most esoteric offering. This white-skinned varietal holds a deep history in the French winegrowing region of the Southern Rhône’s famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape with most being blended into both rouge and blanc cuvées. We find Picpoul Blanc to be a varietal that thrives in our high-elevation terror, and who’s grace and precision, is a testament to how purely beautiful El Dorado blancs can be.
Picpoul Blanc ripens late in the season while holding beautifully balanced acidity. Made with great intention the grapes were cold pressed whole cluster before being sent to tank for a 24 hour brown out process. The following day the juice was racked to a stainless steel tank to allow for pure varietal flavor extraction and a new French Oak puncheon for a touch of complexity and texture. The juice fermented at a consistent 63 degrees.

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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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