2015 Nickel & Nickel
Element 28
Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley


At a Glance

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


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Napa Valley

Year Planted

2009

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Clones 4, 7 and 15 on 101-14 rootstock

ACREAGE

5.5 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

This site offers a western exposure and is planted on gravelly Haire loam.

Vineyard
Description

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.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Napa Valley

HARVEST DATE

September 30, 2015

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

6 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 50% new
  • 50% once-used

Release Date

August 2018

First Vintage

2012

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

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.

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.