Skipstone

Oliver's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

9.2115 ratings
9.122 pro ratings
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Second wine at Great Falls Wine Outlet this Friday and second Skipstone. Deep garnet red. A little savory on the nose with some earthiness, tobacco, animal nuances, plums, and spices. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. A bit bigger than the 2005 but not as integrated. Dark plums on the palate with some floral notes and crushed gravel. Long and lingering finish. Definitely has potential to improve. Drink till 2025. (92+)

Made up of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Made by Philippe Melka. Selling for $109.99 at The Great Falls Wine Outlet.

Second wine at Great Falls Wine Outlet this Friday and second Skipstone. Deep garnet red. A little savory on the nose with some earthiness, tobacco, animal nuances, plums, and spices. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. A bit bigger than the 2005 but not as integrated. Dark plums on the palate with some floral notes and crushed gravel. Long and lingering finish. Definitely has potential to improve. Drink till 2025. (92+)

Made up of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Made by Philippe Melka. Selling for $109.99 at The Great Falls Wine Outlet.

Nov 11th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

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. Drink till 2023.

Made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Made by Philippe Melka. Selling for $119.99 at The Great Falls Wine Outlet. Inaugural Vintage.

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. Drink till 2023.

Made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Made by Philippe Melka. Selling for $119.99 at The Great Falls Wine Outlet. Inaugural Vintage.

Nov 11th, 2017
Jesse Mallgren

Blueberry, pomegranate pith, cherry, vanilla. A little high in alcohol for me the label says 14.5% but it seems closer to 15.2% #cabernet #sonomacounty #healdsburg #FWC #bordeauxblend

Blueberry, pomegranate pith, cherry, vanilla. A little high in alcohol for me the label says 14.5% but it seems closer to 15.2% #cabernet #sonomacounty #healdsburg #FWC #bordeauxblend

Jul 23rd, 2015
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Nicely done! When I think California Cab I think of this.

Nicely done! When I think California Cab I think of this.

Sep 3rd, 2013
Ryan Vento

Birthday celebration for @Cody Uzzel at Lucio’s with a bunch of friends. All wines (except sparklers) tasted blind.
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A Melka beauty that served as a nice follow-up to Bénetière’s gem. This had a green streak piercing the palate that dominated at first and was slightly off-putting, but it balanced itself out as the night wore on and proved to be quite harmonious with the other essences of the wine: exotic spices, mud/clay, plums, and créme de cassis. This was an awesome wine.

Birthday celebration for @Cody Uzzel at Lucio’s with a bunch of friends. All wines (except sparklers) tasted blind.
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A Melka beauty that served as a nice follow-up to Bénetière’s gem. This had a green streak piercing the palate that dominated at first and was slightly off-putting, but it balanced itself out as the night wore on and proved to be quite harmonious with the other essences of the wine: exotic spices, mud/clay, plums, and créme de cassis. This was an awesome wine.

May 18th, 2019
David MacMillan

Pretty decent blend, really soft tannins, reasonable vintage.......just firing the delectable account up for the Vegas weekend

Pretty decent blend, really soft tannins, reasonable vintage.......just firing the delectable account up for the Vegas weekend

Feb 2nd, 2019
Conrad Kenley

Drinking well now

Drinking well now

Oct 19th, 2017
Sean Herriott

Heady black fruit. Long finish I am awake now :-)

Heady black fruit. Long finish I am awake now :-)

Aug 22nd, 2017
Manjiry Tamhane

Big bold black currant flavours with hint of oak

Big bold black currant flavours with hint of oak

Apr 24th, 2017
Rob Sternthal

No. Don't do it. Tastes like wood. Such a surprise given the other wines made by the same winemaker.

No. Don't do it. Tastes like wood. Such a surprise given the other wines made by the same winemaker.

Mar 19th, 2017