2015 Nickel & Nickel
Martin Stelling Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

Possessing an abundance of blackberry and cassis fruit flavors, the 2015 Martin Stelling is deep and luxurious. Although the beautiful fruit concentration makes this an age-worthy wine, the incredible berry flavors along with notes of vanilla and spice from the oak make this vintage irresistible to drink upon release.


Bale soil series from Martin Stelling Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1993

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Acreage

2 acres

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on 5C rootstock

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is situated on its own alluvial fan. The combination of proper drainage with the vineyard’s finely grained soils contributes to the vineyard’s incredible consistency. The soil is comprised of clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.

Vineyard
Description

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

September 23, 2015

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

13 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 55% new
  • 45% once-used

Release Date

August 2018

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

An early February budbreak followed by a light bloom in April gave us a small, concentrated vintage in 2015. Summer months were moderate in this western Oakville vineyard, and the lighter fruit load ripened quickly but evenly. The two acres we farm matured rapidly during a wave of early September heat, and the fruit that resulted bursts with juiciness. We night harvested our blocks in late September, just as flavor and tannin maturity reached their peak.

Possessing an abundance of blackberry and cassis fruit flavors, the 2015 Martin Stelling is deep and luxurious. Although the beautiful fruit concentration makes this an age-worthy wine, the incredible berry flavors along with notes of vanilla and spice from the oak make this vintage irresistible to drink upon release.