2013 Nickel & Nickel
Dragonfly Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Helena, Napa Valley


At a Glance

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


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

St. Helena, Napa Valley

YEAR PLANTED

1990

VARIETAL

Cabernet Sauvignon

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on four rootstocks:

  • St. George
  • 110R
  • 3309C
  • 5C

ACREAGE

4 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

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.

Vineyard
Description

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.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

St. Helena, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 18 – 25, 2013

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

13 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 51% new
  • 49% once-used

Release Date

September 2016

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

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.

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.