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Skipstone Essential Reds
This package includes one bottle each of 2017 Preface Proprietary Red, 2016 Oliver's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2016 Fautlline Vineyard.
Preface Proprietary Red - estate Bordeaux Blend
Preface, as the name implies, provides an introduction to the Skipstone estate vineyard. Made with the same exacting attention that goes into every bottle of Skipstone, this estate-grown wine is a selection of barrels across our estate vineyard blocks that are chosen specifically to offer a more accessible wine in the glass upon release. The 2017 vintage is our inaugural release of this special wine and is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Oliver's Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon
Since the inaugural Skipstone vintage of 2005, our annual approach with Oliver’s Blend is to create a blend of Cabernet Sauvignons from up to 20 individual small lots. Each lot has a unique profile (based on soil type, exposure and clonal selection) and blended they create a foundation. This Cabernet Sauvignon is then embellished with small amounts of our other blending varietals to best showcase the vintage.
With so many pockets of soil differentiation and exposures, Oliver’s Blend is a symphonic compilation of aroma and flavor. This, coupled with clonal diversity of multiple Cabernet clones throughout our hillside plantings, creates an exceptionally complex wine. Year after year, this is a wine of profound power and elegance.
Oliver’s Blend is aged for two years in barrel and another year in bottle prior to our release. This highly-structured Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent candidate for further cellaring, with potential to age for decades.
Faultline Vineyard - 60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot
Faultline Vineyard is our interpretation of a Right-Bank Bordeaux blend. The awesome power and grace of Pomerol and St. Emillion have inspired us to build a cuvée around our oldest plantings of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In particular, Cabernet Franc is annually the biggest voice in the blend; this gives our wine its incredible texture and complexity.
Our estate lies directly atop the Mayacamas Faultline, which means earthquakes on occasion. The blessing, however, is an incredible upheaval of land and thus a myriad of soil types that in turn give us diverse flavor profiles from each block. While our Oliver’s Blend is about structured Cabernet Sauvignon on rocky hillsides, our Faultline Vineyard is sourced from the loamy, sandy clay in the basin of Skipstone where our Merlot and Cabernet Franc thrive.
The ultimate wine has an incredible texture and a symphony of flavors – the savory aromas of the Cabernet Franc work in harmony with the ripe, fleshy fruit texture of the Merlot, with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon blended each year for additional structure and ageworthiness.
The Faultline Vineyard is a classic wine, with decades of aging potential.