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The 2013 Rock Cairn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon presents a captivating array of characters. This wine opens with plum, black cherry, herb and earth aromas. While this Cabernet Sauvignon offers incredible juicy fruits, it is the well-integrated tobacco leaf, bay leaf, anise and oak spice that make it compelling. Enhanced by a vibrant acidity, the texture of this wine is smooth and velvety, providing a long and juicy finish.
Clay loam from Rock Cairn Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
Wente clone planted on St.George rootstock
This vineyard is one contiguous piece of land, yet it is composed of two completely different source materials. The eastern edge of the vineyard contains mostly colluvial material, washed down from the surrounding hillside. The western edge along Highway 29 is produced from the end of the alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains to the west, across the Harris and Branding Iron vineyards, to Rock Cairn.
Planted in 1984, Rock Cairn lies near the southern edge of the Oakville appellation, east of Highway 29 and north of the town of Yountville. The 30-acre vineyard is named for the “cairns” or piles of rocks that were formed long ago when Native Americans traversed the hills and would place a rock on the pile as an offering for safe passage. The site is comprised of deep gravelly loam with a western exposure, and the vines produce very concentrated fruit late in the season. Nickel & Nickel selects grapes from nine acres of the vineyard.
October 18, 2013
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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. We pulled leaves early, concentrating around the fruit, and shoots were rearranged to give adequate exposure and to acclimate the clusters to the warm summer sun. Second crop removal is key in this vineyard due to the extra vigor of the vines, and a few passes in the vineyard are required to ensure that we receive the best quality fruit. This vineyard ripens slowly and we waited until mid-October to harvest, and was close to the last location picked in the 2012 season.