The 2012 Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers an exotic expression of aromas and flavors. This powerful wine opens with a perfume of white flowers and wet stone. On the palate, rose petals, currants and cedar are enhanced by a minerality unique to this site. These flavors expand from the midpalate through the finish, as the firm and coating tannins add depth and integrity to this hillside wine. This is a wine that will continue to improve with a few years of bottle aging.
Gravelly loam from Sori Bricco Vineyard
Diamond Mountain District,
Clones 169 and 338
on St. George Rootstock
This hillside wine is planted on well drained loam with a north/northwest aspect.
High in the hills of Diamond Mountain, Sori Bricco spans a wide range of hillsides with different sun exposures resulting in separate harvest dates across the ranch. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam and the vines tend to be very small as they struggle against the slopes. The climate is very warm in the early spring and these vines are among the first to bud each year. The warm summer months produce nice, juicy flavors, while the cooler nights offer long hang time to gain tannin maturity each season. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from about six acres of this 25-acre vineyard.
October 10 – 29, 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
11 – 14 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. These vines are open and the clusters are loose, so minimal attention is required to promote ripening. Bloom and veraison occurred 10 days ahead of last year, but we left the fruit on the vines longer to promote tannin maturity. We picked this vineyard over a three-week window, harvesting the southeast-facing vines in early October and waiting until the end of the month to bring in fruit from the northwestfacing vines.