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Wine Specs
Mourvedre / Monastrell
Calaveras County
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast

2007 River of Skulls

$35 Regular Price / $28 Twisted Few Price
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90 points! "You want black pepper? You’ll get plenty of it in this dry, interesting Rhône blend of Mourvèdre and Syrah. It has briary flavors of wild blackberries, with an edge of leather, tobacco and herbs, and is thoroughly dry. Pretty tannic, too. An interesting wine, and one to watch." - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"Tobacco and earth noise. Some shroom? Good cherry notes nice acids like the fruit. Optimistic wine despite River of Skulls name." - Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune, via Twitter, Wine Bloggers Conference 2009

"07 Twisted Oak River of Skulls: Very full dark red berry and spice. Potent but supple at the same time (thnx to the Syrah portion)" - Joe Roberts, 1WineDude, via Twitter, Wine Bloggers Conference 2009

"Twisted Oak Winery. 07 River of Skulls 88% mourverdre/12% syrah. Ripe black cherries, smoke and the it!" - Kathleen Rake, Between the Vines, via Twitter, Wine Bloggers Conference 2009

"River of Skulls--spanish for Calaveras--this wine could walk a tightrope its got so much finesse and balance." - Lori Narlock, One Day in Wine Country, via Twitter, Wine Bloggers Conference 2009

Wine Specs
Mourvedre / Monastrell
Calaveras County
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
With a name like River of Skulls, you know it has to be good... An ankle bone of cherries is connected to the shin bone of raspberries, which connects to the knee bone of smoky vanilla. The knee bone is connected to the leg bone of Mourvedre’s natural tabacco character, which connects to the hip bone, back bone and neck bone of a nice long finish. Oh Dem Skulls!
Vineyard Notes
88% Monastrell (Spanish clone of Mourvedre) 12% Syrah, both from the Dalton Vineyards
Food Pairing Notes
Dead People! - just kidding! How about Lamb, Pork, and Risotto?
Other Notes
Product Reviews
Pam Basmajian's Gravatar
Pam Basmajian
(Jul 26, 2009 at 7:18 PM)
Love the bottle. I'm sure the will be even better. Let me know when it is available....please!

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George Nowicki
(Aug 3, 2009 at 3:20 PM)
IT TASTES REALLY GOOD!!!!!! How's that for a review?

Plus...... the River of Skulls T-Shirt is great when I'm out playing guitar with one of my bands or if I'm out riding through the hills on my motorcycles.

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cari gallo
(Sep 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM)
My friends and family loved it's smoky flavor. Very smooth and supple....Gallo Family will keep this one in the cellar for sure!

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Joel Vincent
(Sep 10, 2009 at 2:53 PM)
Nice full bodied wine, "smoky" mentioned by Cari is totally right, not too fruity and we paired with Labor Day BBQ Ribs! Spectacular pairing and it was a huge hit with the family.

For $35, two WELL worth the price of admission...

Robert's Gravatar
(Oct 19, 2009 at 4:34 PM)
excellent - I love this stuff as do our friends - didn't even notice hte t-shirt when i was there earlier this month:(

Kathleen's Gravatar
(Oct 22, 2009 at 6:14 PM)
Had a chance to taste at the PAWS event this year (thanks for participating, you rock!) and it is yummy. OMG, you must drink this. And the bottle is awesome. Come on, you know you want to buy it for your sophisticated Halloween party.

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The Wright Stuff - 2009 Grape Stomp Winner
(Oct 23, 2009 at 5:21 PM)
An extraordinary wine. I loved it from the barrel and it looses nothing from the bottle. Sadly, when I received my wine club shipment, the cork in the Skulls bottle was leaking into the box and I was forced to drink it immediately. I also immediately replaced the bottle with a replacement for the cellar. Long live The Twisted Few!!There are no bad wines at Twisted Oak.

Liz's Gravatar
(Oct 25, 2009 at 8:07 PM)
I love this wine!! We had a young french student living with us this summer. We sent her home with a bottle and the email from Paris was "this is a great wine"....and that from the french! Congrats!

delyn's Gravatar
(Oct 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM)
Both the bottle and the wine are GREAT!! We took it to a wine dinner in Napa. Everyone loved it...a little too much. I did not get enough of the fab stuff. I need MORE!!!!

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michael nutt
(Nov 3, 2010 at 9:10 PM)
River of Skulls the most used bottle pic for F.B. profiles...Not many years in the Rhone produce this depth of...what do they say in France? I think it is a nice tweed at last.

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