2014 Nickel & Nickel
Dragonfly Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Helena, Napa Valley


At a Glance

Vibrant and juicy, the 2014 Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of rose petal and raspberry. Ripe strawberry, raspberry and floral notes are predominant upon the first sip and yield to layers of baking spice, vanilla and toasted oak. This wine is perfectly balanced with a texture that is elegant, yet full. Soft, supple tannins build on the middle palate and carry this youthful fruit into a long, polished finish.


Perkins & Kidd soil series from Dragonfly Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

St. Helena, Napa Valley

YEAR PLANTED

1990

VARIETAL

Cabernet Sauvignon

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on four rootstocks:

  • St. George
  • 110R
  • 3309C
  • 5C

ACREAGE

4 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

The soil in this vineyard is rocky with gravelly loams and clay, and is composed of two soil series. The Perkins soil series are well-drained soils that are formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock. The Kidd soil series are also well-drained, and form when rhyolite is weathered.

Vineyard
Description

The diminutive, four-acre Dragonfly Vineyard is located in St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. Old timers know this magical place as a “banana belt” microclimate, as its ideal summer temperatures allow the vines to develop their notable ripe and jammy fruit. The vines benefit from the site’s deep, gravelly loam soils and gentle southern exposure, and the vineyard is one of the first to be harvested each year.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

St. Helena, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 20, 2014

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

14 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 59% new
  • 41% once-used

Release Date

September 2017

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

This was another beautiful growing season with an ideal spring that led to an early budbreak and bloom. Despite the low rainfall, canopies were healthy and clusters were full. Since this vineyard is in a warm area, we monitored the water stress of our vines and used shade cloth to protect the fruit. We adjusted the crop to achieve the proper balance and then patiently waited for the fruit to ripen and the tannins to mature. This entire vineyard was night harvested in mid-September, and the fruit was optically sorted to ensure that only the best fruit went into the fermenters.

Vibrant and juicy, the 2014 Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of rose petal and raspberry. Ripe strawberry, raspberry and floral notes are predominant upon the first sip and yield to layers of baking spice, vanilla and toasted oak. This wine is perfectly balanced with a texture that is elegant, yet full. Soft, supple tannins build on the middle palate and carry this youthful fruit into a long, polished finish.