Abundant fruit and an elevated bouquet of blueberries and cassis lead to flavors of boysenberry, violet and vanilla. Juicy and mouthwatering, this hillside wine possesses round, supple tannins and generous, concentrated fruit flavors that promise to evolve beautifully, should you have the patience to cellar it.
Haire loam from Element 28
Clones 4, 7 and 15 on 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
This site offers a western exposure and is planted on gravelly Haire loam.
Element 28 is named by the owner of the vineyard, Erik Nickel, who ingeniously came up with the name Element 28 “nickel” on the periodic table. Located high in the hills across from Lake Hennessey, this vineyard has a western exposure and is comprised of shallow, gravelly loam soils that produce small vines with loose clusters and small berries.
September 30, 2015
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 months in French oak
March budbreak and May bloom flowed into a warm summer season in this rolling hillside vineyard. The small vines gave us loose clusters and small berries, and the light crop load saw sugars come in before the tannins reached full maturity. To allow the tannins to catch up to the gorgeous ripe fruit flavors, we waited until late September to harvest this hillside site.