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The 2012 Tench Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of mixed fruits and stone and a delightful combination of flavors. Upon entry, notes of bright plum and blueberry fruits and chocolate mingle with hints of minerality and a meaty char from the French oak. The juicy entry coats the palate as the flavors and texture continue to build. The Oakville tannins are firm but integrated, which makes the wine approachable now, yet age worthy for many decades to come.
Weathered bedrock soil from Tench Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on St.George rootstock
The Tench Vineyard is planted on bedrock in “soil” that is actually comprised of weathered and broken bedrock. The area where the vineyard is planted was created several thousand years ago when a slow-moving landslide occurred in the Vaca Mountains, to the east.
The 43-acre Tench Vineyard is situated on the eastern edge of Oakville along the Silverado Trail. The area’s red, rocky soils of clay and volcanic rock have produced many famous Napa Valley Cabernets. Nickel & Nickel produces Cabernet from just nine acres of this late-ripening vineyard with northwest exposure. The grapes rapidly develop color and flavor as temperatures rise and harvest approaches.
October 12 â€“ 19, 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
15 â€“ 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. We pulled leaves around the fruit early to give adequate exposure and to acclimate the clusters to the warm summer sun. The red rocks radiated heat into the evenings, and bloom and veraison occurred two weeks ahead of last year. We adjusted the crop many times, dropping the green clusters to ensure that we had uniform fruit on the vines. This vineyard was night harvested on three different evenings, so that we only picked fruit that had reached optimal ripeness.