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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
Oakville, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on St.George rootstock
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.
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.
September 29 – October 2, 2014
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
12 – 16 days
16 months in French oak
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.