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."
With a name like River of Skulls, you know it has to be good... An ankle bone of blackberry aromas is connected to the shin bone of plums and cedar, which connects to the knee bone of caramel and violets (yes, violets). The knee bone is connected to the leg bone of rich black fruit and cinnamon flavors, which connects to the hip bone, back bone and neck bone of a nice long finish of tobacco with cherry cigar and light smoke. Oh Dem Skulls!
100% Mourvedre from Dalton Vineyards, Angels Camp
Food Pairing Notes
Dead People! - just kidding! How about Lamb, Pork, and Risotto?