2014 Nickel & Nickel
Quarry Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford, Napa Valley


At a Glance

An exotic combination of earthy notes and jammy fruits gives our 2014 Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a remarkable Rutherford expression. This wine has a deep bouquet of black cherry, green olive, mineral and earth. A medley of plum and cherry fruits mingle with olive, herb and black tea. Dark fruit and charred oak accentuate these flavors and rich, coating tannins carry the wine into an expansive finish.


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Rutherford, Napa Valley

YEARS PLANTED

1995 and 1996

VARIETAL

Cabernet Sauvignon

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Block 1 carries clone 8 on two rootstocks:

  • 3309
  • 110R

Blocks 2A and 2B carry clone 8 on 1103P rootstocks

ACREAGE

11.27 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

The vineyard is planted on gentle rolling hills that are made up of well drained loam soils that produce moderately sized vines. The base material is comprised predominately of rhyolite, a volcanic rock. Blocks 2A and 2B are more typical of a hillside vineyard, and are planted in much shallower soils. This helps limit vine vigor and results in fruit with more concentrated flavors.

Vineyard
Description

The 25-acre Quarry Vineyard climbs the slopes above the Silverado Trail on the east side of Rutherford. The name comes from the old quarry that was the source of a white rock used in the ghost winery that still stands beside the vineyard. Nickel & Nickel makes wine from three distinct hillside blocks, totaling about 11 acres, each experiencing its own unique soil and exposure. The white, rocky loam soils are well drained, and the vines are of moderate vigor. Cluster and berry size varies from block to block, but all are small to moderate. This vineyard has full exposure to the afternoon sun.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Rutherford, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 29 – October 13, 2014

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

10 – 11 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 54% new
  • 46% once-used

Release Date

September 2017

First Vintage

2006

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

The 2014 growing season was beautiful with an ideal spring that led to a classic budbreak and bloom. Despite low rainfall, vineyard canopies were healthy and clusters were full. Moderate summer temperatures were ideal for ripening the fruit and only minimal leafing was required. This vineyard tends to need more hang time, so we patiently waited until late September to harvest the fruit. We farm three blocks, each with different exposures. We harvested each block separately over the course of two weeks and fermented them differently to bring out each block’s unique flavors.

An exotic combination of earthy notes and jammy fruits gives our 2014 Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon a remarkable Rutherford expression. This wine has a deep bouquet of black cherry, green olive, mineral and earth. A medley of plum and cherry fruits mingle with olive, herb and black tea. Dark fruit and charred oak accentuate these flavors and rich, coating tannins carry the wine into an expansive finish.