The 2012 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with bright fruit aromas that jump from the glass. Plum and cherry fruits harmoniously pair with hints of chocolate, earth, and herb to make the wine rich and full. Toasty vanilla and cedar from the oak add depth, but the signature of this wine is its luxurious mouthfeel that expands on the middle palate.
Clay loam soil from John C. Sullenger Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
1989 and 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
Situated at the toe of an alluvial fan that extends from the western Mayacamas range, the vineyard is comprised of fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.
The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville and is named for John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s. The vineyard’s 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon.
October 3 – 20, 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
13 – 19 days
17 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 this year, so flavor development was at its peak. Leaves were pulled early around the fruit to give adequate exposure and to acclimate the clusters to the warm summer sun. Bloom and veraison occurred two weeks ahead of last year and we adjusted the crop in our new vines to ensure the highest quality fruit. This vineyard is night harvested over a three week window, when each clone reaches its optimal ripeness.