2015|2018 Skipstone Oliver`s Blend
Country : USA
Rating : Outstanding
Vintage : 2015|2018
Region : Alexander Valley
Skipstone is tucked between two stunning hillsides in the mountains above Alexander Valley. We aspire to perfection in every aspect of our wine growing and estate farming, drawing inspiration from the unparalleled potential and promise of the earth. Uncompromising in our standards of sustainability and treatment of the land, we are committed to nurturing the precious resource that is our 200 acre estate. Blessed by nature, we listen intently to the terroir of our vineyards, and in turn, our wines speak eloquently of their origin.
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.
Jeb Dunnuck: 95+ points
"A more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot, the 2015 Oliver's Blend is cut from the same cloth and offers a slightly more focused, classic textural style as well as terrific notes of smoked blackcurrants, graphite, tobacco leaf, and chocolate. It's a rich, powerful, concentrated wine that will be better with a year or two of cellaring and keep for two decades. "