With its floral aromas mixed with plum and olive, the 2015 John C. Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon blends juicy and savory notes into an impossible-to-resist perfume. On the palate, dark flavors of black cherry, tobacco, anise and toast are accentuated by a lively yet balanced acidity. These flavors are carried by a rich core of tannins that build on the middle palate, carrying the fruit into a long finish.
Clay loam soil from John C. Sullenger Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
1989 and 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
Situated at the toe of an alluvial fan that extends from the western Mayacamas range, the vineyard is comprised of fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.
The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville and is named for John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s. The vineyard’s 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, with two rootstocks and a few different clones which each add a unique element to the resulting wine.
September 14 – 24, 2015
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
11 – 14 days
17 months in French oak
Budbreak in our home vineyard came about seven days earlier than normal. We saw bloom in May followed by a small fruit set. The summer months were moderate and the fruit ripened quickly, with beautifully concentrated fruit flavors. Our younger vines were the first to be harvested in mid-September with our older blocks coming in a week later. We used both open and closed top fermenters to capture the intensity and rich color of the vintage.