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A strong swirl of the glass releases the fresh aromas of rose petal, raspberry, and red currant that lie within. Abundant rich red fruit flavors are generously supported by spicy oak and vanilla flavors as well as broad tannins. A wine possessing both power and grace, it promises to develop beautifully over the next 15 years.
Gravelly loam from Sori Bricco Vineyard
Diamond Mountain District,
Clones 169 and 338
on St. George Rootstock
This hillside wine is planted on well drained loam with a north/northwest aspect.
High in the hills of Diamond Mountain, Sori Bricco spans a wide range of hillsides with different sun exposures resulting in separate harvest dates across the ranch. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam and the vines tend to be very small as they struggle against the slopes. The climate is very warm in the early spring and these vines are among the first to bud each year. The warm summer months produce nice, juicy flavors, while the cooler nights offer long hang time to gain tannin maturity each season. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from about six acres of this 25-acre vineyard.
September 15, 2015
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
16 months in French oak
One of our first vineyards to bud out each year, the 2015 growing season in this high-elevation vineyard gave us loose clusters and small, intensely flavored berries. The divided canopies offered speckled light to each cluster, which is essential in the warm Diamond Mountain hills. Moderate summer months quickly ripened the fruit, and by mid-September, the fruit was rich and juicy. Despite the fact that our two blocks have different exposures, both were ready for harvest by mid-September. We fermented them together in a single tank to capture the rich intensity this special site gives us year after year.