94+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Faultline Vineyard is blended of 57% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot was harvested on September 6 and the Cabernet Franc on October 5. It aged 18 months in 65% new french oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Most everything Skipstone normally makes was not bottled in 2017. Deep purple-black colored, it comes wafting out of the glass with a beautiful perfume of rose hip tea, dried lavender, kirsch, raspberry leaves and red currants with a core of blackberries and black cherries plus a touch of garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers wonderful poise and grace with lively red and black fruit layers and a firm frame of fine-grained tannins, finishing long and perfumed. 270 cases produced. Lisa Perrotti-Brown
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
Based on 57% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon that's all from the estate vineyard, the 2017 Faultline Vineyard spent 18 months in 65% new French oak. Deep ruby/purple-hued with lots of Franc character in its red and black fruits, forest floor, spice box, and flowery notes, this beauty shines for its elegance and complexity more than power and richness. Balanced and straight-up classy, it's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 15 years or more.
The 2017 vintage produced wines of freshness and vibrancy. Very accessible wines resulted from this vintage of alternating cool and hot weather throughout the year. Our two blocks of Cabernet Franc were picked on the 5th of October and our Merlot was picked in two passes for optimal maturity in early September, a month prior to the fires that swept through Napa and Sonoma. Our commitment to quality never wavering, we did not bottle anything picked after the fires, and thus, every bottle of Skipstone in 2017 is of utmost quality.