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The return of a Howell Mountain wine to Nickel & Nickel has long been awaited and the debut of the 2012 Nickel & Nickel Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to please. This wine offers aromas of cassis, blackberry, green olive, pepper and tar. The earthy and fruity notes are reflected on the palate and harmonize into one juicy package of flavor with the natural intensity of the Howell Mountain area. The texture of this wine is big, yet inviting, and the tannins are rich, not unyielding. This is a wine that is the perfect complement with food and can easily age for the next 15 years.
Aiken soil series sample from Beatty Ranch
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Clone 7 on 119R rootstock and clones 169, 191 and 337 on 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
Beatty Ranch is comprised of rocky, red soils from the Aiken series and has a northern and southern exposure.
Located atop Howell Mountain, Beatty Ranch typically gets to enjoy the warmth of the sun when summer fog lines the valley floor. While the fruit ripens easily, we must wait for mature tannins to emerge. The red, rocky soils are ideal to produce moderate-sized vines, and this vineyard is comprised of four different clones that each provide a unique flavor profile to the overall wine.
October 20 â€“ 30, 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
8 – 12 days
18 months in French oak
An ideal 2012 growing season with warm days and cool, foggy nights offered the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. There were no heat spikes, so flavor development was at its peak. We pulled leaves around the fruit to give adequate exposure and we waited patiently for the warm summer sun to ripen the fruit. Veraison occurred about three weeks after the valley floor, so we knew an October harvest was inevitable. We harvested and fermented clones from this vineyard separately to get a better understanding of what the vineyard has to offer.