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2013 Skipstone - Oliver's Blend

  • 94 WA
  • 87 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 313881-2013-750-3A
  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    A big, huge wine, the 2013 Oliver's Blend is bursting at the seams with intensity. Game, smoke, cured meats, black cherry and plum are some of the signatures. The 2013 is deep, dense and explosive, with remarkably polished tannins for a wine with this level of full-throttle intensity. In 2013, the Oliver's Blend has a bit more Merlot than has typically been the case.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2028
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Presents a Bordeaux-like expression, with a gritty, rugged core of earth- and herb-laced dark berry and cedar flavors. Not offering much beyond strength and intensity, yet the herbal traits will appeal to some. Ends with a charry oak aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2030. 428 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2020-2030
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oliver's Blend, which has 12% Merlot, is gorgeous stuff and showcases just how brilliant the Bordeaux varietals can be from the hillsides of Alexander Valley. The wine has an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of dusty, loamy soil scents interwoven with floral nuances, blackberry, licorice and dark, dark cherry. Very spicy and earthy, with a hint of new saddle leather, this wine spent 18 months in French oak, of which 72% was new. This is a terrific, full-throttle, beautifully balanced and pure wine that should drink well for at least two decades.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: Robert Parker
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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 31 bottles owned
    • 8 collectors