Skipstone Faultline Vineyard Red Blend 2015 - 750ml

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96pts Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Faultline Vineyard is a smoking good wine.  Based on 39% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Merlot, it offers a powerful, full-bodied, opulent style as well as terrific notes of chocolatey dark fruit, licorice, leafy herbs, and graphite.  With an expansive texture, no hard edges, and remarkable purity of fruit, this sexy beast of a wine will keep for 10-15 years.

95+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A blend made up of 39.5% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29.5% Merlot, the 2015 Faultline Vineyard Proprietary Red shows a very deep purple-black color and nose of red and black currants, black cherries and floral notes with some nice smoked meat notions, plus cigar box and bay leaves hints. Medium to full-bodied, firm and lively with fine-grained tannins and great depth, it's very expressive, finishing long with mineral notions. 341 cases were made. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Winemaker Notes

Faultline Vineyard is our interpretation of a Right-Bank Bordeaux blend.  The awesome power and grace of Pomerol 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.

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 where our Merlot and Cabernet Franc thrive.

The ultimate wine has an incredible texture and a symphony of flavors – the savory aromas of the Cabernet Franc work in harmony with the ripe, fleshy fruit texture of the Merlot, with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon blended each year for additional structure and ageworthiness.

The Faultline Vineyard is a classic wine, with decades of aging potential.