Gold Medal and Best of Show - Riverside International Wine Competition (2009 vintage)
In 1805, Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga was ordered by the Spanish Governor of California to explore the Great Central Valley and to (re)name everything he found.
One day Gabe came across a river the banks of which were littered with skulls. No one knows how the skulls came to be there. Perhaps an ancient battle. Or perhaps a really great party gone horribly wrong.
Whatever. Old Gabe, being a true master of the obvious, named this river "El Rio De Las Calaveras" or in english, "The River of Skulls."
This is a full bodied wine with plenty of big tannins, but those tannins are smooth as velvet!
There is a burst of oak and dark berry on the nose. Flavors of berry, chocolate-covered cherry, and spice coat the tongue and make mine very happy! The finish lingers on the back of the throat, with blackberry and spiciness leaving me longing for another taste. Delicious!!