2014 Nickel & Nickel
Tench Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2014 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exudes dark berry flavors with a hint of fresh blueberry, which defines this special site. A mouthwatering entry coats the palate, while the flavor and texture are complemented by restrained oak. Ultimately, the tannins dissolve, leaving an impression of resolution and completeness.


Weathered bedrock soil from Tench Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1973

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on St.George rootstock

ACREAGE

9 acres

TRELLISING

Head-trained

GEOLOGY

The Tench Vineyard is planted on bedrock in soil that is actually comprised of weathered and broken bedrock. The area where the vineyard is planted was created several thousand years ago when a slow-moving landslide occurred in the Vaca Mountains, to the east.

Vineyard
Description

The 43-acre Tench Vineyard is situated on the eastern edge of Oakville along the Silverado Trail. The area’s red, rocky soils of clay and volcanic rock have produced many famous Napa Valley Cabernets. Nickel & Nickel produces Cabernet from just nine acres of this late-ripening vineyard with northwest exposure. The grapes rapidly develop color and flavor as temperatures rise and harvest approaches.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 29 – October 2, 2014

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

12 – 16 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 55% new
  • 45% once-used

Release Date

September 2017

First Vintage

1999

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

This was another beautiful growing season with a beautiful spring that led to an early budbreak and bloom. Despite low rainfall, canopies were healthy and clusters were full. The wider spacing in this vineyard grows larger vines, so we had to spend time opening the canopy to allow for proper exposure. A slight thinning pass brought the fruit into balance and the warm summer months offered the perfect conditions for ripening. We harvested the two blocks separately and used both open-top and closed-top fermenters to bring out the best of this vineyard’s expression.

The 2014 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exudes dark berry flavors with a hint of fresh blueberry, which defines this special site. A mouthwatering entry coats the palate, while the flavor and texture are complemented by restrained oak. Ultimately, the tannins dissolve, leaving an impression of resolution and completeness.