DESCRIPTION: 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. .
From the Winemaker:
2009 marks our inaugural release of Mourvédre which is sourced from a unique site in El Dorado managed by Ron Mansfield. Our Mourvédre block is perched high above the south fork of the American River on a terraced hillside carved out of well-draining gravelly, sandy soils. This medium bodied wine offers aromatics of red and black fruits coupled with tobacco, anise, forest floor, leather, and dried meats..