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The 2013 Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a beautiful bouquet of cherry, green olive and forest floor notes. On the palate, juicy plum and cherry fruit flavors offer ripeness, mingled with olive, herb, earth and tea. Beautifully integrated warm oak enters on the midpalate, as firm and coating tannins carry the flavors into a long, supple finish.
Loam from Quarry Vineyard
Rutherford, Napa Valley
1995 and 1996
Block 1 carries clone 8 on two rootstocks:
Blocks 2A and 2B carry clone 8 on 1103P rootstocks
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
The vineyard is planted on gentle rolling hills that are made up of well drained loam soils that produce moderately sized vines. The base material is comprised predominately of rhyolite, a volcanic rock. Blocks 2A and 2B are more typical of a hillside vineyard, and are planted in much shallower soils. This helps limit vine vigor and results in fruit with more concentrated flavors.
The 25-acre Quarry Vineyard climbs the slopes above the Silverado Trail on the east side of Rutherford. The name comes from the old quarry that was the source of a white rock used in the ghost winery that still stands beside the vineyard. Nickel & Nickel makes wine from three distinct hillside blocks, totaling about 11 acres, each experiencing its own unique soil and exposure. The white, rocky loam soils are well drained, and the vines are of moderate vigor. Cluster and berry size varies from block to block, but all are small to moderate. This vineyard has full exposure to the afternoon sun.
October 3 – 16, 2013
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
8 – 12 days
17 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 began about 10 days ahead of last year and the vines looked well balanced going into the summer. A slightly larger crop load allowed the fruit to hang through September, and we began harvesting in early October when the fruit flavors were at their peak.