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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
Oakville, Napa Valley
1989 and 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
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.
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.
September 23 – October 14, 2014
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
10 – 15 days
17 months in French oak
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.