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The 2013 Nickel & Nickel Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers violet and rose petal aromas layered with juicy berry fruit. Upon first sip, lush cranberry and wild raspberry flavors harmonize with hints of vanilla and baking spices, persisting from start to finish. This wine is beautifully balanced with a rich, elegant texture, beautiful acidity and polished tannins.
Perkins & Kidd soil series from Dragonfly Vineyard
St. Helena, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on four rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
The soil in this vineyard is rocky with gravelly loams and clay, and is composed of two soil series. The Perkins soil series are well-drained soils that are formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock. The Kidd soil series are also well-drained, and form when rhyolite is weathered.
The diminutive, four-acre Dragonfly Vineyard is located in St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. Old timers know this magical place as a “banana belt” microclimate, as its ideal summer temperatures allow the vines to develop their notable ripe and jammy fruit. The vines benefit from the site’s deep, gravelly loam soils and gentle southern exposure, and the vineyard is one of the first to be harvested each year.
September 18 – 25, 2013
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 months in French oak
The 2013 harvest was similar to 2012 with warm days and cool, foggy nights that offered the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. This season started about one week earlier than last year, and we closely monitored the water stress of the vines, since this vineyard is in such a warm area. We adjusted the crop to achieve the proper balance, then patiently waited for the fruit to ripen and tannins to mature. This vineyard was night harvested on two separate days, about a week apart, allowing the fruit from each rootstock to obtain those sweet, juicy flavors.