With deep berry fruit and the weight and richness of many Rhone blends, Skinner is producing a delicious Mourvedre from the Sierra Foothills. The blend includes 1% Grenache, aging was 11 months in neutral French oak. 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.