2005 Skipstone Oliver's Blend

Estate: Skipstone Wines

Region: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, North Coast, California, United States of America


Tasting Note:November 10, 2017

First of the wines at Great Falls Wine Outlet this Friday. Deep garnet red with a little bricking on the edges. A bit dirty on the nose with some earthiness. After a few in the glass it opened up with some black plums as well as some softer black and red fruits. Balanced on the palate with medium tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus to full bodied. Quite fruity on the attack but still dark and some richness. Notes of sweet spices too, especially cinnamon, some aged blue fruits and black cherries. Long and dry finish with solid minerality. Tastes younger than an 05.

Inaugural vintage of the Oliver's Blend from Skipstone Wines. Made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Made by Philippe Melka. Aged for 22 months in 75% new French oak and only 500 cases produced.

Drink Dates:

2017 till 2023.


91 points.

Price Point:

$$$ - Tasted at Great Falls Wine Outlet can be purchased for $119.99.