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Delightful aromas of plum and baking spices leap out of the glass, as aromas slowly give way to tobacco leaf, roasted game, vanilla bean, and light cedar. On the palate, the wine is bright upon entry and well- structured with a dusty black fruit note rounding out the profile. Warm, toasted oak and chewy tannins support a finish that is luscious and long.
Huichica soil series sample from Darien Vineyard
Russian River Valley, Sonoma
2000 and 2001
Syrah clones 7 and 877 on the 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
This vineyard is composed of loam derived from the Huichica soils series, which provide moderately well-drained alluvial soils that are developed from mixed sedimentary, volcanic ash and basic rock sources.
Tucked into the gently rolling hills of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, Darien Vineyard enjoys a moderate climate and well-drained, loamy soils. The Syrah vines were planted in 2000 and 2001, and benefit from cool, foggy mornings that give way to warm afternoon sun from the southeast, allowing the exposed fruit to ripen evenly. The clusters tend to be fairly long in size and tightly packed. There are two different clones planted in the vineyard, each contributing its own unique flavors to the wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from three-and-three-quarter acres of the 25-acre vineyard.
September 16, 2016
17 months in French oak
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.
Delightful aromas of plum and baking spices leap out of the glass, as aromas slowly give way to tobacco leaf, roasted game, vanilla bean, and light cedar. On the palate, the wine is bright upon entry and well-structured with a dusty black fruit note rounding out the profile. Warm, toasted oak and chewy tannins support a finish that is luscious and long.