2016 Nickel & Nickel
Harris Vineyard
Merlot

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

Bright red fruits, candied blueberry, Santa Rosa plum and menthol aromas all blend together to intoxicate the nose as the 2016 Harris Vineyard Merlot wafts from the glass.  On the palate, a juicy and fruity entry is supported by chewy tannins and a balancing acidity, creating lush layers that coat the tongue and produce a soft, elegant finish.


Bale soil series from Harris Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

YEAR PLANTED

1991 and 1995

VARIETAL

Merlot

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Merlot Clone 1 and the Bear Flat clone, planted on 5C rootstock

ACREAGE

6 acres

TRELLISING

Quadrilateral trellis system

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’s Bale soil series are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains, while the Clear Lake soil series are found on old alluvial fans derived from sedimentary rock. Both soil series can be found in this vineyard, giving it a gravelly clay loam.

Vineyard
Description

Harris Vineyard is located in western Oakville, just east of the Branding Iron Vineyard. Nickel & Nickel’s six acres are comprised of two blocks that offer a southern exposure and soil of gravelly clay loam. Thinning passes allow each cluster to hang freely, optimizing the trellis system, and taking advantage of the warm climate to reach full maturity.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Oakville, Napa Valley

HARVEST DATES

September 29, 2016

VARIETAL

100% Merlot

SKIN CONTACT

14 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 a few 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.

Bright red fruits, candied blueberry, Santa Rosa plum and menthol aromas all blend together to intoxicate the nose as the 2016 Harris Vineyard Merlot wafts from the glass.  On the palate, a juicy and fruity entry is supported by chewy tannins and a balancing acidity, creating lush layers that coat the tongue and produce a soft, elegant finish.