2014 Nickel & Nickel
Martin Stelling Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

Powerful and expansive, the 2014 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet has all the exceptional qualities that we associate with this iconic vineyard. Blackberry and cassis harmonize with flavors of melted chocolate, vanilla and ground spice. French oak adds warmth and texture to the midpalate. Classically elegant with beautiful structure and complexity, the wine’s silky tannins marry with the oak, creating rich layers that continue into a long and seductive finish.


Bale soil series from Martin Stelling Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1993

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Acreage

2 acres

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on 5C rootstock

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is situated on its own alluvial fan. The combination of proper drainage with the vineyard’s finely grained soils contributes to the vineyard’s incredible consistency. The soil is comprised of clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.

Vineyard
Description

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 7, 2014

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

12 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 65% new
  • 35% once-used

Release Date

September 2017

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

We are so blessed to be growing grapes in the Napa Valley. This was another beautiful growing season with an ideal spring that led to an early budbreak and bloom. Despite low rainfall, canopies were very healthy and clusters were full. This vineyard is not overly vigorous, so a little leaf pulling around the clusters was all that was required for adequate exposure. Warm summer days without any real heat spikes offered optimal conditions for flavor development. We night harvested this vineyard in early October and used both open-top and closed-top tanks for fermentation to bring out the best of this vineyard’s unique expression.

Powerful and expansive, the 2014 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet has all the exceptional qualities that we associate with this iconic vineyard. Blackberry and cassis harmonize with flavors of melted chocolate, vanilla and ground spice. French oak adds warmth and texture to the midpalate. Classically elegant with beautiful structure and complexity, the wine’s silky tannins marry with the oak, creating rich layers that continue into a long and seductive finish.