Skipstone

2018 Preface Proprietary Red (2 Bottle Set)

Skipstone, 2018 Preface Proprietary Red (2 Bottle Set)

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A touch lighter than the rest of the Skipstone wines, Preface has a medium body, yet displays the classic Skipstone vineyard characteristics: purity of fruit, density, and freshness.
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Preface, as its 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 blended to offer a more accessible wine in the glass upon release.

Vintage Notes

This Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Bordeaux blend incorporates all four red varieties on our estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. 2018 was a cooler vintage than average throughout the entire growing season, which allowed for long hangtimes – a combination that yielded wines of full flavor ripeness, moderate alcohols and mouthfeel, and beautifully vibrant aromatics. Bright red fruits interwoven with fresh violets and a hint of cedar interwoven pop from the glass. Red cherry and raspberry form the core of this wine’s bursting blend of flavors. A touch lighter than the rest of the Skipstone wines, Preface has a medium body, yet displays the classic Skipstone vineyard characteristics: purity of fruit, density, and freshness.

With a decade of aging potential, this wine is best enjoyed 2020-2028. We recommend a 30 minute decant on Preface if opened within the first year of bottling.

Fact Sheet

Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon , 19% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 20 to 30 says on skins, stainless steel tanks
Cooperage: 66% new French oak [Demptos, Sylvain, Bel Air Cooperages]
Aging: 18 Months
Fining and Filtration: None
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Blocks: South Face and Faultline Vineyard Merlot, Pond Block Cabernet Franc, Las Rocas Cabernet Sauvignon
Clones: clone 3 and 341 Merlot, clone 214 Cabernet Franc, clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rootstocks: 110R on hillsides, 101-14, Riparia Gloire, and 420A on benchland

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States Available for Shipment

Listen, we do not make the rules, so unfortunately we cannot ship wine to AL, AR, DE, KY, MS, RI, and UT.

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