2014 Nickel & Nickel
Element 28
Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2014 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful bouquet of blueberries and cassis. Flavors of boysenberry, violet, vanilla, and cedar, combined with hillside intensity, make a delectable presentation, while the rich tannins enhance the midpalate. This is a big wine with so much fruit and depth of flavor. If you love powerful wines, this is one that you can enjoy now or lay down for many years in your cellar.


Haire loam from Element 28


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Napa Valley

Year Planted

2009

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Clones 4, 7 and 15 on 101-14 rootstock

ACREAGE

5.5 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

This site offers a western exposure and is planted on gravelly Haire loam.

Vineyard
Description

Element 28 is named by the owner of the vineyard, Erik Nickel, who ingeniously came up with the name Element 28 “nickel” on the periodic table. Located high in the hills across from Lake Hennessey, this vineyard has a western exposure and is comprised of shallow, gravelly loam soils that produce small vines with loose clusters and small berries.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Napa Valley

HARVEST DATE

October 10, 2014

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

8 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 54% new
  • 46% once-used

Release Date

September 2017

First Vintage

2012

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

This was another beautiful growing season with a nice spring that led to an early budbreak and bloom. This vineyard continues to gain strength, despite the hillside struggles, and the crop load was slightly larger than in 2013. These grapes were well exposed and the warm summer temperatures ripened the fruit to perfection. The hillside is too steep to night harvest, so we brought a large crew in to pick this vineyard at first light in early October.

The 2014 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful bouquet of blueberries and cassis. Flavors of boysenberry, violet, vanilla, and cedar, combined with hillside intensity, make a delectable presentation, while the rich tannins enhance the midpalate. This is a big wine with so much fruit and depth of flavor. If you love powerful wines, this is one that you can enjoy now or lay down for many years in your cellar.