Skinner Vineyards Skinner Vineyards Skinner Vineyards "Smithereens" White Blend El Dorado 2016 Download PDF

Varieties54% Grenache Blanc / 13% Viognier / 30% Roussanne / 3% Marsanne
Farming Practicesorganically farmed
Soilsclay and volcanic soils
Year Vines Were Planted1989-2004
Fermentationneutral barrel (French)
Maturation8 months / 25% stainless steel and 75% neutral French oak
Item NoT0606-15
Bottle Case12
Country United States
Region California
Sub-region Sierra Foothills
Skinner Vineyards

“We start out with several lots, some co-fermented, from nine vineyards scattered around unique microclimates within El Dorado, including our two estate sites.  We ferment with native yeasts in a combination of stainless steel barrels and neutral French oak. There is a single barrel of skin contact Grenache Blanc to add texture and structure. The wine rests on its gross lees until being blended together at bottling after 9 months in barrel.”

"The 2016 Smithereens is a balanced, medium-bodied expression of a blend, with just the right amount of structure, acid, and fruit. The wine offers aromas of lemon peel, kumquat, and citrus leaf, coupled with subtle notes of nectarine, white flowers, and wet concrete. The wine starts out broad and finishes with focus and persistence on the palate." Winemaker’s notes

Estate:  23% White Oak Flat, 5% Stoney Creek 
Local:  25% Firefall, 14% Sierra Moon, 13% Swansboro, 12% Elenridge, 8% South Fork

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