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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
Clones 4, 7 and 15 on 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
This site offers a western exposure and is planted on gravelly Haire loam.
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.
October 10, 2014
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 months in French oak
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.