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This 3 bottle tasting package includes one bottle each of 2018 Skipstone Viognier, 2017 Preface Proprietary Red, and 2016 Skipstone Oliver's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon.
Five rows of Viognier span the northern peaks of our amphitheater shaped vineyard. Situated on steep mountain terraces, the thin rocky soils force the vines to struggle which in turn brings out intensity and complexity in the fruit. Steady sun exposure during the day followed by afternoon shade blesses us with the ability to achieve both ripeness and long hang time. This in turn adds depth and complexity to the fruit. To balance the weight and intensity of this voluptuous grape, we limit the exposure to oak and avoid malolactic fermentation. Thus the final wine is full but bright and absolutely delicious.
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.
This highly-structured Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent candidate for further cellaring, with potential to age for decades.