2014 Nickel & Nickel
John C. Sullenger Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2014 John C. Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon shows flavorful expressions of bright fruits, savory herbs and toasty oak. Seductive aromas of plum, olive and earth entice the taster and carry through to the palate, alongside flavors of black cherry, tobacco and sage. Balanced acidity and spicy oak complement the dark, rich fruits while round, supple tannins build the midpalate. Approachable now, this wine will continue to develop over the next 10 years.


Clay loam soil from John C. Sullenger Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1989 and 2003

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:

  • 5C
  • 3309C
  • 101-14

Acreage

30 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

Situated at the toe of an alluvial fan that extends from the western Mayacamas range, the vineyard is comprised of fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.

Vineyard
Description

The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville and is named for John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s. The vineyard’s 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, with two rootstocks and a few different clones which each add a unique element to the resulting wine.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 23 – October 14, 2014

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

10 – 15 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 53% new
  • 47% 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 low rainfall, canopies were healthy and clusters were full. This vineyard set a heavier crop than usual, so we dropped a fair bit of fruit at veraison to ensure balanced flavor development. The summer provided perfect weather for ripening and without any dehydration of the fruit. The younger vines were the first to be night harvested in late September, while the fruit was left to hang on the older vines for another three weeks. This fruit was fermented in both open-top and closed-top fermenters to capture everything that this vineyard had to offer.

The 2014 John C. Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon shows flavorful expressions of bright fruits, savory herbs and toasty oak. Seductive aromas of plum, olive and earth entice the taster and carry through to the palate, alongside flavors of black cherry, tobacco and sage. Balanced acidity and spicy oak complement the dark, rich fruits while round, supple tannins build the midpalate. Approachable now, this wine will continue to develop over the next 10 years.