Skipstone Ranch

Accolades

  • Antonio Galloni on 2011 Oliver's Blend

    "The 2011 Oliver's Blend is drop-dead gorgeous. Smoke, tobacco, incense, licorice, ash and graphite literally explode from the glass. A powerful, structured wine, the 2011 boasts stunning depth and pure power. The aromas and flavors are incredibly vivid as the wine continues to open up. Smoke, licorice and savory herbs complement the dark fruit nicely in this distinctive, beautifully crafted Sonoma red."

    94 points
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media


  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate on 2010 Oliver's Blend

    The 2010 Oliver’s Blend is gorgeous. A deep, intriguing wine, the 2010 is loaded with considerable aromatic and flavor complexity. Smoke, bacon fat, ash, incense, tobacco, plums and black cherries meld together in the glass. There is an intense vein of underlying minerality that gives the wine much of its focus and energy ..... It is a dark, brooding wine that needs time to blossom in bottle, but is beautiful, even at this early stage."

    94 Points
    The Wine Advocate
     


  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate on 2009 Oliver's Blend

    “… Oliver’s Blend bursts from the glass with explosive dark red fruit, spices, licorice and tobacco. The 2009 is rich, deep, intensely perfumed and totally seductive. It shows fabulous balance and classiness to match its powerful, intense personality. Flowers, mint and spices reappear to frame the dazzling finish. This is a showstopper from Skipstone  … very impressive Cabernets that deserve serious attention.”

    93 Points
    Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
     


  • 2007 Oliver's Blend - 94 points

    Connoissuers Guide to California Wine, Dec 2010


  • 2006 Oliver's Blend - 94 points

    James Suckling, jamessuckling.com


  • 2007 Oliver's Blend - Wine & Spirits top Cabernets for 2010


  • Rising Star

    Skipstone listed by Alder Yarrow from Vinography as a Rising Star in Opus Vino, a complete anthology of the best wineries from around the world.


  • Food & Wine names Skipstone a top Cabernet - 2010


  • An obsession with detail may propel this Alexander Valley start-up to the head of the class.


  • Aiming High in the Alexander Valley


  • Local Artisan Olive Oil


  • Robert Parker on Skipstone 2005 Proprietary Red

    The debut vintage for Skipstone, the 2005 Proprietary Red, is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of blue and black fruits as well as loamy soil scents. Medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, but none of the herbaceousness or strong, dusty character often found in Alexander Valley Cabernets, this is a well-crafted offering from French consultant, Philippe Melka. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.

    91 points, Robert Parker, Jr.
    The Wine Advocate


  • Robert Parker on Skipstone 2007 Oliver's Blend

    '.... polished and silky is the dense purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Oliver’s Blend. Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an attractive chocolaty, herbal, espresso roast, and black currant-scented nose, medium to full body, an endearing texture, and a heady finish. '

    92 points, Robert Parker, Jr. 
    The Wine Advocate


  • Jason Alexander on Skipstone Oliver's Blend

    ...One of the best Cabernet Sauvignon based wines I tasted all year...a wine that redefines the potential of Cabernet Sauvignon based blends in Sonoma County and rivals the best wines from around the state.

    Jason Alexander,
    Sommelier

Philippe Melka named one of best nine Winemakers in the world by Robert Parker, Jr.