2019 Skinner Grenache Blanc, El Dorado County, California (750ml)

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Skinner Vineyards was founded in 2007 by Mike and Carey Skinner after their son, Kevin, made an interesting discovery about their ancestors one day driving back to Santa Cruz from Lake Tahoe. Kevin and his wife, Kathy were following a different route home when they noticed the name ‘Skinners’ on an old map near Placerville. After a little genealogy research, they learned that Mike was the great-great-great grandson of James Skinner, a Scottish engineer who came to the Sierra Foothills during the gold rush to try his hand at mining. It turns out, he was one of the lucky few who did indeed strike gold and was able to purchase land and establish a ranch along a well paved road that became the Pony Express Trail. In 1861, James, ever the forward thinking, enterprising gent, planted one of California’s first commercial vineyards and used his engineering expertise to build a winery and a multi-story state-of-the art distillery. Once Mike and Carey realized the extent of James’ formidable influence in Skinners, they knew they had to “buy property, plant vines and reclaim the family legacy.” To honor James, they planted many of the varieties he had like California Mission, Zinfandel and Rhône grapes such as Grenache and Carignane, to which they added Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul to name a few. From the producer: Grenache Blanc, while not considered “obscure”, is still not widely understood and is often shrugged off as a blender. Of course, this is not the case when it comes to our approach to Grenache Blanc; this varietal, with all its complexities, takes no back seat to Viognier or Marsanne/Roussane blends. Our goal is to celebrate Grenache Blanc; the marriage of rustic minerality and bizarre floral-salinity, with deep texture and nervy poise

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