2014 Skipstone Faultline
Tasting Notes: As is typical for the 2014 vintage, the fruit expression is powerful and exuberant with fine, silky tannins. The summer of 2014 was cooler than 2013, and largely uninterrupted by the heat spikes. Thanks to those cool conditions, the wines have retained fresh fruit and bright acidities. The 2014 Skipstone “Faultline Vineyard” exhibits a gorgeous violet hue due to the small percentage of Malbec in the blend this year. On the nose complex layers of deep black fruit and violets are matched with a pleasing earthiness. The wine has dusty, fine tannins and a bright acidity that balance out the power of the wine. On the palate the savory herbs, baking spices and coffee blend harmoniously with the ripe fruit. The wine has a long satisfying finish of dusty blackberry and forest floor.
Winemaker's Notes: Our estate lies directly atop the Mayacamas Faultline, which means earthquakes on occasion. The blessing, however, is an incredible upheaval of land and thus a myriad of soil types that in turn give us diverse flavor profiles from each block. While our Oliver’s Blend is about structured Cabernet Sauvignon on rocky hillsides, our Faultline Vineyard is sourced from the loamy, sandy clay in the basin of Skipstone. The ultimate wine has an incredible texture and a harmony of flavors. Faultline Vineyard is our interpretation of a Right-Bank Bordeaux blend. The awesome power and grace of Pommerol and St. Emillion have inspired us to build a cuvée around our oldest plantings of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In particular, Cabernet Franc is annually the biggest voice in the blend; this gives our wine its incredible texture and complexity.
Composition: 59% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec
Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Production: 480 Cases
Optimal Drinking Window: 2017 - 2037