2012 Nickel & Nickel
John C. Sullenger Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

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


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1989 and 2003

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:

  • 5C
  • 3309C
  • 101-14

Acreage

30 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

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.

Vineyard
Description

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.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

October 3 – 20, 2012

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

13 – 19 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 47% new
  • 53% once-used

Release Date

September 2015

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

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.

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.