2018 Preface Proprietary Red (2 Bottle Set)
Skipstone, 2018 Preface Proprietary Red (2 Bottle Set)
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.
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.
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
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.