2015 Nickel & Nickel
Harris Vineyard
Merlot

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The juiciest of our Nickel & Nickel Merlots, the 2015 Harris Vineyard Merlot offers aromas of ripe plum, cinnamon and toasted oak. This rich perfume transfers to the palate with accompanying flavors of dried herb and baking spices. Warm, toasty oak complements the fruit while rounded tannins provide support. Lush fruit flavors and a silky texture makes this one of our most approachable wines upon release.


Bale soil series from Harris Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

YEAR PLANTED

1991 and 1995

VARIETAL

Merlot

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Merlot Clone 1 and the Bear Flat clone, planted on 5C rootstock

ACREAGE

6 acres

TRELLISING

Quadrilateral trellis system

GEOLOGY

This vineyard is planted on a large alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains, across the Branding Iron Vineyard, into Harris Vineyard, and reaches all the way to the western edge of the Rock Cairn Vineyard. The vineyard’s Bale soil series are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains, while the Clear Lake soil series are found on old alluvial fans derived from sedimentary rock. Both soil series can be found in this vineyard, giving it a gravelly clay loam.

Vineyard
Description

Harris Vineyard is located in western Oakville, just east of the Branding Iron Vineyard. Nickel & Nickel’s six acres are comprised of two blocks that offer a southern exposure and soil of gravelly clay loam. Thinning passes allow each cluster to hang freely, optimizing the trellis system, and taking advantage of the warm climate to reach full maturity.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 18 – 22, 2015

VARIETAL

100% Merlot

SKIN CONTACT

8 days

AGING

16 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

RELEASE DATE

March 2018

FIRST VINTAGE

2000

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

We saw an early budbreak in March, May bloom and a small but healthy fruit set in 2015. Despite low rainfall, canopies were healthy and clusters were full. We pulled leaves around the fruit to ensure each cluster received just the right amount of even, dappled light during the moderate summer months. We also thinned the fruit to allow for ample space and air between each cluster. Warm September heat ripened the fruit beautifully, and we harvested the two blocks separately this year, leaving the Cabernet on our larger vines a little longer to allow them to achieve full maturity.

The juiciest of our Nickel & Nickel Merlots, the 2015 Harris Vineyard Merlot offers aromas of ripe plum, cinnamon and toasted oak. This rich perfume transfers to the palate with accompanying flavors of dried herb and baking spices. Warm, toasty oak complements the fruit while rounded tannins provide support. Lush fruit flavors and a silky texture makes this one of our most approachable wines upon release.