2016 Nickel & Nickel
Element 28
Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2016 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon presents ample amounts of plum and blackberry fruits, surrounded by notes of clove, vanilla, and cardamom. The refined composition of fine-grained tannins, pure dark fruit flavors, light earthiness, and a wonderful natural acidity form an exceptionally balanced profile that render a wine enjoyable now and for many years to come.


Haire loam from Element 28


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Napa Valley

Year Planted

2009

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Clones 4, 7 and 15 on 101-14 rootstock

ACREAGE

5.5 acres

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

This site offers a western exposure and is planted on gravelly Haire loam.

Vineyard
Description

Element 28 is named by the owner of the vineyard, Erik Nickel, who ingeniously came up with the name Element 28 “nickel” on the periodic table. Located high in the hills across from Lake Hennessey, this vineyard has a western exposure and is comprised of shallow, gravelly loam soils that produce small vines with loose clusters and small berries.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Napa Valley

HARVEST DATE

September 29, 2016

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

19 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Release Date

March 2019

First Vintage

2012

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.

The 2016 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon presents ample amounts of plum and blackberry fruits, surrounded by notes of clove, vanilla, and cardamom. The refined composition of fine-grained tannins, pure dark fruit flavors, light earthiness, and a wonderful natural acidity form an exceptionally balanced profile that render a wine enjoyable now and for many years to come.