2018 Oliver’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon
Skipstone, 2018 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.
For optimal drinking window, best enjoyed 2022-2040. If enjoying earlier, we recommend a 2 hour decant to let the wine reveal its full potential.
2018 vintage began late, due to a cool and dry winter – conditions that persisted through the entirety of the growing season. The moderate heat throughout the summer and early fall provided optimal conditions for the steady ripening of the key color, tannin, and flavor compounds. A long hangtime was possible this year because there were none of the major heat spikes we have become accustomed to in recent decades. This provided optimal maturity of the essential phenolics while Brix accumulated slowly, and yielded perfectly healthy, fresh grapes at harvest. In the cellar, our grapes were treated gently, given extended maceration times to extract the lovely flavors and texture present in the grapes, and we incorporated a large percentage of native fermentations this year. The resulting wines made from this vintage are extraordinarily refined, exuding aromatic and textural depth that is immediately apparent in the glass.
Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation: 33 days on the skins, in stainless steel tank
Cooperage: 65% new French oak (Taransaud, Ermitage, Sylvain Cooperages)
Aging: 18 months
Fining and Filtration: None
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Blocks: Las Rocas Cabernet Sauvignon
Clones: 7, 341 & 191 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rootstocks: 110R on hillsides, 101-14 on benchland
States Available for Shipment
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