2013 Nickel & Nickel
John C. Sullenger Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

Dark in color, the 2013 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a serious wine. Beautiful aromas of red and black fruits, spice and earth offer insight to the characters on the palate; plum, black cherry, anise, cedar, tobacco leaf, and tea blend together to create an abundance of flavors. This wine is thick and coating with a density reminiscent of hillside fruit. Slightly chalky tannins resolve themselves as the juicy fruit claims the finish.


Clay loam soil from John C. Sullenger Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1989 and 2003

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:

  • 5C
  • 3309C
  • 101-14

Acreage

30 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

Situated at the toe of an alluvial fan that extends from the western Mayacamas range, the vineyard is comprised of fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.

Vineyard
Description

The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville and is named for John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s. The vineyard’s 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 20 – October 15, 2013

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

11 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 45% new
  • 55% once-used

Release Date

September 2016

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

Similar to 2012, warm days and cool, foggy nights prevailed, offering the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. We had an early but excellent season, beginning about 10 days ahead of last year with a normal crop load. Our younger blocks are showing beautiful maturity and are now contributing essential flavors to the blend. We adjusted the crop by thinning out the greener fruit at the end of veraison, maximizing flavor development. The younger blocks ripened earlier and were night harvested in late September, while the fruit from the older blocks remained on the vines until mid-October, further achieving fully ripened tannins.

Dark in color, the 2013 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a serious wine. Beautiful aromas of red and black fruits, spice and earth offer insight to the characters on the palate; plum, black cherry, anise, cedar, tobacco leaf, and tea blend together to create an abundance of flavors. This wine is thick and coating with a density reminiscent of hillside fruit. Slightly chalky tannins resolve as juicy fruit claims the finish.