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Three bottles of Skinner wine including El Dorado Rose Wine, El Dorado Grenache Blanc, and Native Red

Review: Decanter Online

94: 2019 Grenache Blanc

“Flashy aromas of confident, perfectly ripe stone fruits meld with those of nougat and lime pith. The texture is considerably more energetic and saline-driven than is often found from this variety in California, while retaining a waxy depth and breadth on the finish. From a blend of their estate Stoney Creek Ranch site and the nearby Swansborough Vineyard. Aged for five months in a combination of concrete, stainless steel and neutral oak.”

93: 2018 Native Red

“Aromas of blueberry yoghurt, bramble and black cherries. A medium-weight, plush mid palate opens up to a chalky, dried-herb finish. An enjoyable combination of carefree fun and thought-provoking seriousness. This sets out to combine both the heritage of early California grape plantings as well as the Rhône varietals more commonly found throughout El Dorado County. The ‘Legacy Block’ at Skinner is comprised of Mission, Petite Bouchet, Trousseau, Carignan and Zinfandel, which are all blended with Cinsault and Grenache among others.”

92: 2019 Rosé

“A beautiful bubblegum-pink color introduces a vibrant nose, almost Provençal-like but subtle, in a less herbal way. Cantaloupe melon flavours follow on the palate leading to a finish of crushed granite. Skinner Vineyards & Winery can trace their family roots, property and original winery back to the era of California’s Gold Rush and the Pony Express. The blend here comprises Counoise, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, aged for six months in concrete, neutral oak and stainless steel.”

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