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Skull Wines 'White' 2021 (750 ml)

Skull Wines 'White' 2021 (750 ml)

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This spunky little white is a blend of five grapes--

24% French Colombard

20% Sauvignon Blanc

20% Chardonnay

18% Clairette

18% Riesling

--sourced across five vineyards: Ricetti, Calvinco, Hawkeye, Martian Ranch and Coal Ranch. 

All fruit sourced from organic vineyards in Lodi and San Benito (Verdelho). Each variety is fermented separately with natural yeasts in a mix of stainless steel and neutral barrels before blending. Matured for 5 months in neutral oak. 12.5% abv.

When Patrick Cappiello was a sommelier and restauranteur at some of New York’s finest restaurants (Tribeca Grill, Veritas, GILT and Pearl and Ash), he was frustrated by the lack of affordable, varietally honest wines from California. In 2018, he teamed up with longtime friend Pax Mahle, formerly a wine buyer for Dean and Deluca and since 2000, proprietor of Pax Wine, one of the leaders of California’s third wave of wineries. Together they craft beautiful, unmanipulated, terroir-driven wines from organic, family-run vineyards.

The philosophy at Skull Wines is to make hand-crafted wines in the spirit of old California - working with family-owned, organically farmed vineyards and simple winemaking. Spontaneous fermentations take place with whole cluster grapes in stainless steel and concrete, and aging takes place in neutral oak barrels. The goal is to make moderate alcohol, higher acid, and fresh wines, naturally.

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