2018 Eighteen Sixty-One
Named to honor our legacy 1861 is the year James Skinner staked his claim in CA winemaking hisotry. Pair that with our commitment to producing El Dorado-grown Rhône varietals, a nod to the ancient Châteauneuf-du-Pape region is a must. Winegrowing in the Southern Rhône’s most infamous region dates back to the 14th century when the Avignon Popes, already great lovers of Burgundy, began developing and promoting wines from the neighboring vineyards to the North. These vineyards are made up of 13 varietals, generally field-blends of red and white interplanted, and dominated by Grenache and Syrah. The New World take on these wines are casually referred to as “GSM” (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre. Rivaling the great Châteauneuf houses by producing cleaner wines with deeper texture, purity of fruit and expression of terroir, California GSM’s are some of the most exciting (and even collectible) wines around.