2009 River of Skulls
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."
I wish more vineyards would experiment with 100% Mourvédre. High alcohol but you don't notice it. Filtering recommended but not necessary.