The 2011 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet offers bright, berry aromas accompanied by vanilla, which give a beautiful first impression. Jammy, blackberry fruit blends nicely with chocolate and cedar on the palate. Spice and toast from the oak add richness to this wine, and polished tannins melt away as flavors progress into a long finish.
Bale soil series from Martin Stelling Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on 5C rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
The Martin Stelling Vineyard is situated on its own alluvial fan. The combination of proper drainage with the vineyard’s finely grained soils contributes to the vineyard’s incredible consistency. The soil is comprised of clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.
The Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville, and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.
October 21, 2011
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 months in French oak
In 2011, cloud cover in the winter and early spring delayed the year’s growing season, but above average rainfall filled the reservoirs. Bloom this year occurred in June, which is the latest on record. This vineyard naturally sets a low yield, so it required minor canopy adjustments. A cool summer without any real heat spikes offered a slow ripening period, and the fruit looked beautiful on the vines. Without the extra heat, sugar levels remained low and we harvested the entire vineyard in mid-October when flavor and tannin development were at their peak.