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The 2013 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best qualities of a hillside wine. A beautiful bouquet of blueberries and cassis precede a palate filled with a medley of boysenberries, violets, earth, stone and cedar. This is a big, juicy wine with astounding fruit and depth of flavor, perfectly in balance with a firm core. This wine needs some time to resolve, but is certain to be a showstopper for many years to come.
Haire loam from Element 28
Clones 4, 7 and 15 on 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
This site offers a western exposure and is planted on gravelly Haire loam.
Element 28 is named by the owner of the vineyard, Erik Nickel, who ingeniously came up with the name Element 28 “nickel” on the periodic table. Located high in the hills across from Lake Hennessey, this vineyard has a western exposure and is comprised of shallow, gravelly loam soils that produce small vines with loose clusters and small berries.
October 8, 2013
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 months in French oak
Similar to 2012, warm days and cool, foggy nights prevailed, offering the near perfect growing conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. The season began about 10 days ahead of last year and, due to vine maturity, the crop load was slightly larger. Afternoon exposure in this vineyard encouraged excellent flavor development, but we allowed the fruit to hang longer for the tannins to resolve. This vineyard was handpicked in mid-October and fermented only in one tank due to its limited volume.