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2009 River of Skulls
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
Mourvedre / Monastrell
Appellation
Calaveras County
Vineyard Designation
Dalton Vineyard
Barrel Aging
35% New French oak, 10% New American oak, 55% Neutral oak
Alcohol %
14.8

2009 River of Skulls

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Gold Medal and Best of Show - Riverside International Wine Competition

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."

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
With a name like River of Skulls, you know it has to be good... An ankle bone of cherry aromas is connected to the shin bone of blackberries, which connects to the knee bone of spice and perfume. The knee bone is connected to the leg bone of cherry, blackberry, and black pepper flavors, which connects to the hip bone, back bone and neck bone of a nice long vanilla finish. Oh Dem Skulls!
Vineyard Notes
100% Mourvedre from Dalton Vineyards, Angels Camp
Food Pairing Notes
Dead People! - just kidding! How about Lamb, Pork, and Risotto?
Product Reviews
Lindsey & Gabriel Gutierrez's Gravatar
Lindsey & Gabriel Gutierrez
(Nov 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM)
Our new Favorite!!

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Rob Millis
(Jan 4, 2013 at 7:20 PM)
This surprised me and turns out to be one of my favorite wines in recent memory. I expected the blackberry and cherry flavors, but was pleasantly surprised by rich vanilla, tobacco, hints of buttercream. This is the perfect time to drink this one.

I wish more vineyards would experiment with 100% Mourvédre. High alcohol but you don't notice it. Filtering recommended but not necessary.

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Planeinsane
(May 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM)
This S#&% is sooo good. I am a beer brewer/drinker and this is the first wine that I truly would switch over for!

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