2020 Monte Rio Skull White
2020 Monte Rio Skull White, White Blend from California
A mixture of 24% French colombard, 20% Sauvignon blanc, 20% Chardonnay, 18% Clairette, 18% Riesling.
Proprietary White Skull California 2020 is a white blend produced in California,United States by Monte Rio. It has a critic score of 84 out of 100 based on an aggregation of ratings from our partner sites.
Winemaking: Each grape variety was fermented separatel. Whole cluster fruit hand harvested directly to our press. Fermentation took place in a combination of stainless steel tanks and old wood barrel. Natural yeast fermentation. Aged in old wood barrels for 5 months
With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended white wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.
Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.