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The 2013 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning wine. Once poured, ripe fruit aromas command the room. True to this Oakville site, this wine has flavors of blackberry, cassis, oak spice and vanilla. Rich and seductive, warmth is expressed from start to finish with juicy fruit flavors and polished tannins. This wine is limited and our only regret is that we won’t have enough for everybody to enjoy.
Bale soil series from Martin Stelling Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on 5C rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
The Martin Stelling Vineyard is situated on its own alluvial fan. The combination of proper drainage with the vineyard’s finely grained soils contributes to the vineyard’s incredible consistency. The soil is comprised of clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.
The Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.
October 11, 2013
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
18 months in French oak
Similar to 2012, warm days and cool, foggy nights prevailed, offering the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. The season in general began about 10 days ahead of last year with a normal crop load. This vineyard is not overly vigorous, so minor leaf pulling around the clusters was all that was required for adequate exposure. This vineyard experiences warm summer temperatures, which encourages ripe, jammy flavors, while cool nights allow longer hang time for tannin development. We night harvested this vineyard in mid-October and filled only one tank due to the lower tonnage. Quantities are limited.