2012 River of Skulls
2012 River of Skulls
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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?
Wine Specs
Calaveras County
Alcohol %
Product Reviews
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Steve Havill
(Oct 15, 2015 at 12:37 PM)
As a fellow maker of Mourvedre I would have to say this is one of the best wines from Calaveras I've had to date. We didn't have it with food but we did let it sit for about 1-2 hours before enjoying.

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Tina Crenshaw
(Jul 5, 2016 at 9:10 AM)
I'm no expert but this wine made me join the twisted freaks! I tasted it in Murphys, brought a bottle home with me and have been thinking about it ever since. Deep, rich, and complex, it is worth all the hype!