2015 Nickel & Nickel
Quarry Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford, Napa Valley


At a Glance

Fruit-forward yet savory, the 2015 Quarry Vineyard marries notes of blackberry and black cherry with hints of tapenade and spicy cigar box both on the nose and palate. A generous swirl of the glass reveals a rich depth of aromas and flavors, all supported by long, coating tannins.


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Rutherford, Napa Valley

YEARS PLANTED

1995 and 1996

VARIETAL

Cabernet Sauvignon

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Block 1 carries clone 8 on two rootstocks:

  • 3309
  • 110R

Blocks 2A and 2B carry clone 8 on 1103P rootstocks

ACREAGE

11.27 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

The vineyard is planted on gentle rolling hills that are made up of well drained loam soils that produce moderately sized vines. The base material is comprised predominately of rhyolite, a volcanic rock. Blocks 2A and 2B are more typical of a hillside vineyard, and are planted in much shallower soils. This helps limit vine vigor and results in fruit with more concentrated flavors.

Vineyard
Description

The 25-acre Quarry Vineyard climbs the slopes above the Silverado Trail on the east side of Rutherford. The name comes from the old quarry that was the source of a white rock used in the ghost winery that still stands beside the vineyard. Nickel & Nickel makes wine from three distinct hillside blocks, totaling about 11 acres, each experiencing its own unique soil and exposure. The white, rocky loam soils are well drained, and the vines are of moderate vigor. Cluster and berry size varies from block to block, but all are small to moderate. This vineyard has full exposure to the afternoon sun.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Rutherford, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 15 – 24, 2015

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

10 – 11 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 57% new
  • 43% once-used

Release Date

August 2018

First Vintage

2006

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

Budbreak and bloom came early in the three distinct hillside blocks we farm on this rocky Rutherford site. Yields were small and moderate summer temperatures provided ideal ripening conditions for the rich, concentrated fruit. Because each of our three blocks contains distinct soils and exposures, we harvested them separately over a nine-day window, fermenting them individually to bring out each lot’s unique flavors.

Fruit-forward yet savory, the 2015 Quarry Vineyard marries notes of blackberry and black cherry with hints of tapenade and spicy cigar box both on the nose and palate. A generous swirl of the glass reveals a rich depth of aromas and flavors, all supported by long, coating tannins.