2015 Nickel & Nickel
Dragonfly Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Helena, Napa Valley


At a Glance

A beautiful raspberry and vanilla perfume lifts from the glass, while strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors unfold on the palate. The 2015 vintage is supple and jammy with warm spicy notes and polished tannins that progress throughout the wine and integrate beautifully with elegant French oak. The finish is long and seductive.


Perkins & Kidd soil series from Dragonfly Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

St. Helena, Napa Valley

YEAR PLANTED

1990

VARIETAL

Cabernet Sauvignon

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on four rootstocks:

  • St. George
  • 110R
  • 3309C
  • 5C

ACREAGE

4 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

The soil in this vineyard is rocky with gravelly loams and clay, and is composed of two soil series. The Perkins soil series are well-drained soils that are formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock. The Kidd soil series are also well-drained, and form when rhyolite is weathered.

Vineyard
Description

The diminutive, four-acre Dragonfly Vineyard is located in St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. Old timers know this magical place as a “banana belt” microclimate, as its ideal summer temperatures allow the vines to develop their notable ripe and jammy fruit. The vines benefit from the site’s deep, gravelly loam soils and gentle southern exposure, and the vineyard is one of the first to be harvested each year.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

St. Helena, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 14, 2015

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

12 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 50% new
  • 50% once-used

Release Date

August 2018

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

A March budbreak was followed by bloom in early May, and this warmer site ripened quickly. We closely monitored the water stress of every vine and put up protective shade cloth during the warmest summer days. We night-harvested the entire vineyard at peak ripeness in mid-September, making it one of the first to come into the winery.

A beautiful raspberry and vanilla perfume lifts from the glass, while strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors unfold on the palate. The 2015 vintage is supple and jammy with warm spicy notes and polished tannins that progress throughout the wine and integrate beautifully with elegant French oak. The finish is long and seductive.