We have five clones of Grenache planted in poor shallow soils onto low vigor rootstocks that limit yields and concentrate flavor. Our warm and dry Mediterranean climate, coupled with volcanic and granitic soils, makes our region ideally suited for this grape varietal.
This wine is taken from several sites throughout El Dorado, including our estate vineyard in Fair Play. The even and trouble free growing season produced a much larger yield when compared to 2011 vintage. Grenache thrived in the warm and dry vintage.
Once again this wine is 100% Grenache. We like to see the true expression of the varietal in California, unadulterated by Syrah, Mourvedre, etc. Like previous versions, it has a signature elegant and supple mouth-feel but is a little lighter in color and more structured on the palate. It offers aromatics and flavors of bing cherry and raspberry coupled with hints of sage, underbrush, and dried herbs.
San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines, 2014
2012 Skinner El Dorado Grenache (15%): Chris Pittenger mixed fruit from three stellar Foothills vineyards — Fenaughty, Sumu Kaw and Swansborough — for this big boy, aged in one-quarter new oak. The freshness of berry fruit is gorgeous, with tangy iodine, elderflower, wild sage and blood orange intertwined to lift the whole thing, plus a surprising knot of tannin at the end.
The Rhone Report
Jeb Dennuck, Formerly of The Rhone Report, Currently reviewing for The Wine Advocate
The 2008 Skinner Vineyards Grenache is a dead ringer for a quality new world Pinot Noir and exhibits copious aromatics of kirsch, spiced strawberries and wild, underbrush like notes. These lead into a silky, hedonistic wine that has gobs of sweet fruit, a light, balanced texture, notable acidity and a long finish. I can’t find a reason to hold these and they should deliver plenty of pleasure over the next 3 to 5 years. 91 Points