A wine of great distinction and elegance, the 2014 Rock Cairn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon carries concentrated aromas of cherry and geranium. Black cherry and plum mingle with savory notes of dried leaves, green olive and succulent herbs to offer an exotic profile. Velvety and approachable, wellintegrated tannins carry these flavors into a gentle, lingering finish.
Clay loam from Rock Cairn Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
Wente clone planted on St.George rootstock
This vineyard is one contiguous piece of land, yet it is composed of two completely different source materials. The eastern edge of the vineyard contains mostly colluvial material, washed down from the surrounding hillside. The western edge along Highway 29 is produced from the end of the alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains to the west, across the Harris and Branding Iron vineyards, to Rock Cairn.
Planted in 1984, Rock Cairn lies near the southern edge of the Oakville appellation, east of Highway 29 and north of the town of Yountville. The 30-acre vineyard is named for the “cairns” or piles of rocks that were formed long ago when Native Americans traversed the hills and would place a rock on the pile as an offering for safe passage. The site is comprised of deep gravelly loam with a western exposure, and the vines produce very concentrated fruit late in the season. Nickel & Nickel selects grapes from nine acres of the vineyard.
October 14, 2014
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
11 – 14 days
16 months in French oak
A beautiful growing season led to early budbreak and bloom. Rooted in the famous loam soils of Oakville, this year’s vineyard canopies were healthy and full with well-developed fruit clusters. The wide vine spacing of this vineyard tends to produce more growth. Vigorous shoot and leaf removal were required to expose the fruit for optimal ripening. The warm summer months were ideal for developing fruit flavors, and this vineyard slowly matured into mid-October before it was harvested.