2014 Nickel & Nickel
Branding Iron Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2014 Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon invites with aromas of mixed berries, floral notes and earth. Juicy raspberry and blackberry fruits meld with subtle clove and spice. Warm, toasty oak enriches the wine and accentuates its round mouthfeel, but dominant fruit lingers on the palate from start to finish as the soft tannins add harmony and grace.


Perkins soil series from Branding Iron Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1998

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on the 3309C rootstock

ACREAGE

8 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

This vineyard is planted on a large alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains, across the Branding Iron Vineyard, into Harris Vineyard, and reaches all the way to the western edge of the Rock Cairn Vineyard. The vineyard is composed of well-drained clay loam from the Perkins soil series that is formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock.

Vineyard
Description

Named for the branding iron owned by the proprietor, the eight-and-a-half acre Branding Iron Vineyard lies in western Oakville, close to the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard is comprised of well-drained clay loam and the vines are vertically trellised to maximize sunlight and open the canopy. The area’s warm climate and sun exposure in both the morning and afternoon are perfect for slowly ripening the fruit, which often benefits from a long hang time.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 30 – October 11, 2014

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

10 – 11 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 55% new
  • 45% once-used

Release Date

September 2017

First Vintage

2000

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

Pleasant spring conditions led to an early budbreak and bloom. Despite the low rainfall, the canopies were very healthy and the clusters were full. This vineyard had the same growing cycle as in 2013, so the gentle warmth of the summer months slowly ripened the fruit. Leaves were pulled in the fruiting zone and a slight detangling of the clusters helped give adequate air to each cluster. The younger block was the first to be harvested in early October, while the older block received a bit longer hang time to enhance flavor and tannin ripeness.

The 2014 Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon invites with aromas of mixed berries, floral notes and earth. Juicy raspberry and blackberry fruits meld with subtle clove and spice. Warm, toasty oak enriches the wine and accentuates its round mouthfeel, but dominant fruit lingers on the palate from start to finish as the soft tannins add harmony and grace.