2016 Nickel & Nickel
Darien Vineyard
Syrah

Russian River Valley, Sonoma


At a Glance

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


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Russian River Valley, Sonoma

YEAR PLANTED

2000 and 2001

VARIETAL

Syrah

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Syrah clones 7 and 877 on the 101-14 rootstock

ACREAGE

3.75 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

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.

Vineyard
Description

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.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Russian River Valley, Sonoma

HARVEST DATE

September 16, 2016

VARIETAL

100% Syrah

SKIN CONTACT

11 days

AGING

17 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

RELEASE DATE

March 2019

FIRST VINTAGE

2002

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.

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.