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The 2013 Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is perfumed with rose petals and candied fruits. Cherry, currant and wet stone flavors dance on the palate with hints of vanilla and spicy oak. A balanced acidity makes this wine juicy and the firm, full textureâ€”hallmarks of this hillside locationâ€”carries the fruit flavors into a long, supple finish.
Gravelly loam from Sori Bricco Vineyard
Diamond Mountain District,
Clones 169 and 338
on St. George Rootstock
This hillside wine is planted on well drained loam with a north/northwest aspect.
High in the hills of Diamond Mountain, Sori Bricco spans a wide range of hillsides with different sun exposures resulting in separate harvest dates across the ranch. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam and the vines tend to be very small as they struggle against the slopes. The climate is very warm in the early spring and these vines are among the first to bud each year. The warm summer months produce nice, juicy flavors, while the cooler nights offer long hang time to gain tannin maturity each season. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from about six acres of this 25-acre vineyard.
September 30 â€“ October 5, 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
10 â€“ 11 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 in general began about 10 days ahead of last year and the crop load was still very small this year. These vines are open and the clusters are loose, so minimal pruning is required to promote ripening. The warmer climate of Diamond Mountain ripened the fruit quickly, however we let the fruit hang on the vine much longer to ensure tannin maturity. We now have only two blocks, which were harvested within six days of each other.