2016 Nickel & Nickel
Branding Iron Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

With its bright red fruit and floral aromas complemented by a bouquet of clove, anise and cardamom, the 2016 Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers a beautiful balance of fresh fruit and spice. Upon entry, the wine is plush and elegant, offering hints of red berries and minerality, along with notes of warm toasted oak that add depth and length to the finish.


Perkins soil series from Branding Iron Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1998

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on the 3309C rootstock

ACREAGE

8 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

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 is composed of well-drained clay loam from the Perkins soil series that is formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock.

Vineyard
Description

Named for the branding iron owned by the proprietor, the eight-and-a-half acre Branding Iron Vineyard lies in western Oakville, close to the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard is comprised of well-drained clay loam and the vines are vertically trellised to maximize sunlight and open the canopy. The area’s warm climate and sun exposure in both the morning and afternoon are perfect for slowly ripening the fruit, which often benefits from a long hang time.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

October 5-12, 2016

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

18 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Release Date

March 2019

First Vintage

2000

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

The 2016 growing season proceeded as usual for Napa Valley with a nice spring that led to a warm summer. Budbreak was about five days later than last year and this trend continued throughout the season. Slightly cooler weather in May lengthened the bloom window but warm summer days in June and July helped the vines catch up to normal. The crop looked good with clusters that had a nice leaf coverage allowing for speckled light. August brought both cool and hot weather, so we kept a close eye on each block.

With its bright red fruit and floral aromas complemented by a bouquet of clove, anise and cardamom, the 2016 Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers a beautiful balance of fresh fruit and spice. Upon entry, the wine is plush and elegant, offering hints of red berries and minerality, along with notes of warm toasted oak that add depth and length to the finish.