92pts, Wine Enthusiast
Attractive but subtle spices brighten the red cherry and black plum notes in this full-bodied and firmly structured wine. Hints of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg emerge in the aromas and stay buzzing through the concentrated palate and on to the finish.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Grenache
  • APPELLATION
    El Dorado
  • ALCOHOL
    14.20%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Driving through the conifer and pine studded, mountainous landscape of California’s Sierra Foothills is like taking a quick trip back in time where you can picture dusty gold rushers with full beards and tattered hats panning the streams for the shiny metallic treasure. It’s a magical, slow-paced, breathtaking region to visit, and made even better by the fact that there are rolling hills of absurdly underrated vineyards. The Wild West vibes and old western saloon-style architecture help too.

Today’s, bright, spicy, concentrated Grenache from select vineyards in the El Dorado AVA ranging from 1300-2800ft takes the best characteristics of the Sierra Foothills and neatly packages them up in a stellar bottle of wine. A stellar bottle of wine that for you, today, is 50% OFF!! An easy $15 a bottle! If you need to shout "GOLD!!!” to be on theme, we’re ok with it.

And don’t just take our word for it, the critics are fans too: "Attractive but subtle spices brighten the red cherry and black plum notes in this full-bodied and firmly structured wine. Hints of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg emerge in the aromas and stay buzzing through the concentrated palate and on to the finish.” – Wine Enthusiast, 92pts.

The story for how the winery started is an even more delightful tale of happenstance and a journey in uncovering a trove of incredible history. Read all about it here.

We’re absolutely smitten with the wine (and the Skinner story), and find it will make a perfect partner for summer grilling and lazy evenings enjoying spaghetti westerns or the musings of John Muir.

92pts folks and only $15 a bottle! Only $90 a 6-pack with shipping included. GOLD!!!!!!!

TASTING NOTES 

Medium-bodied and well structured with notes of red and black cherries, black plums and bramble with lovely warm baking spices and just the smallest hint of bay laurel and douglas fir.

THE STORY TO KNOW

The legacy of Skinner Vineyards and its wine goes back more than a century and a half, but the story starts on a sunny summer day in 2006.

Kevin and Kathy Skinner are young, outdoorsy people and were heading home to Santa Cruz from Lake Tahoe. Kathy is a teacher and has a thing for maps. On an old dog-eared road atlas, she saw something – a spot on the map called Skinners, CA in the low foothills next to a town called Rescue.

They detoured to Rescue, stopped at a small shopping center, and asked folks in stores about the name. Many people knew the history: A Scottish miner named James Skinner had done well during the Gold Rush, bought land, planted vineyards, and started a winery and distillery at that very spot.

They pointed Kevin and Kathy to ground with markers on a knoll looking over the area. The plot was a century-old cemetery called Skinner Ranch Cemetery. Kevin called his dad, Mike, sent pictures, and asked, “Are we related?”

Mike had no idea, but was instantly drawn to the mystery. He contacted the Pioneer Cemetery Commission, and it turns out that they did! They sent him a family tree:

It started with James Skinner, then came his first son, James Jr. The second James also had a first son named James. The third James named his first son Frank Edward Skinner. Mike knew that name. Frank Edward Skinner was Mike’s grandfather. The original James who settled the lush spot and planted one of California’s first commercial vineyards was Mike’s great, great, great grandfather.

“I suddenly had a big family history and a huge legacy to live up to….I was the first son of the first son of the first son of the first son of the first son of the first son!” Mike says. “I still get goosebumps when I tell the story.”

Passion doesn’t begin to describe Mike’s excitement about the history and the land. By the end of 2006, Mike and his wife, Carey, had bought property in “Skinners” and started planting their own vineyards. In 2007, they acquired more vineyards and land also in El Dorado County on a ridge top on the steep green hills around Fair Play. They began building the latest stage of the family legacy: the now acclaimed Skinner Vineyards & Winery.