2012 Nickel & Nickel
Tench Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

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


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1973

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on St.George rootstock

ACREAGE

9 acres

TRELLISING

Head-trained

GEOLOGY

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.

Vineyard
Description

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.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

October 12 – 19, 2012

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

15 – 19 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 49% new
  • 51% once-used

Release Date

September 2015

First Vintage

1999

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. 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.

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.