SKIPSTONE, A STELLAR 96+ Point wine by Ace Winemaking Duo Philippe Melka and Laura Jones

 
Preface is a new Skipstone wine made by Philippe Melka and Laura Jones (who made her name at Aubert). The grapes are sourced from their hillside vineyards on the Mayacamas range, located in the southeast portion of the Alexander Valley. Farmed sustainably and certified organic, grapes were all hand farmed, hand-harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity of the grapes

Skipstone 2021 “Preface” Bordeaux Blend Estate
Alexander Valley

GGWC 89.99
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The 2021 Preface opens with captivating aromas of crushed blackberries, crème de cassis, and black fig entwined with hints of blood orange zest, lavender, and hibiscus tea. The lush palate envelopes the senses with layers of black cherries, plum preserves, espresso, dried leaves, and exotic spices. Accessible in its youth, this full-bodied wine showcases a beautifully crafted structure that expands on the mid- palate and finishes long with silky tannins.

FMW 96+ Points: “An outstanding wine (a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 12% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc). The 2021 Preface Bordeaux Blend showcases gorgeous aromatics and equally amazing flavors on the palate. The wine has a very intense dark purple hue, and pleasant aromas of black stone fruit, lavender and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, this full-bodied youngster offers up more black stone fruit, plums and chocolate notes and a hint of spice and vanilla. The wine is well-balanced with a great sense of elegance. The finish is long and complex with silky tannins. This is a very-well made wine by Laura Jones and Phillipe Melka.”

Winery Notes: “The 2021 vintage was a spectacular year for Alexander Valley. A dry winter ushered in an early budbreak accompanied by a perfectly mild spring, setting the stage for a classic growing season. A second year into the drought, the dry conditions of the soil guided the vines to concentrate their efforts into producing and ripening small, intensely flavored berries. Though the crop size was painfully low, we are thrilled to report that quality was exceptionally high. Warm summer days and cool nights led to even ripening, optimal phenolics, and a leisurely harvest—a winemaker’s dream and a truly magnificent vintage. The resulting 2021 wines are structured, energetic, and deeply aromatic. Their quality brings to mind other great vintages made in drought years, displaying a freshness reminiscent of the 2016s supported by a tannin structure similar to the 2013s. You can cellar these wines with confidence, and patience will be rewarded in their evolution. “

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