2016 Nickel & Nickel
Kenefick Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon

Calistoga, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2016 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon leads with luxurious dark fruit and spice aromas. Layer after layer of juicy black fruit and wild berry flavors unfold on the palate, accented by notes of warm spice. Big, rich tannins provide structure and will allow this powerful Cabernet to cellar beautifully for many years to come.



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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Calistoga, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1993

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Acreage

2 acres

CLONE & ROOTSTOCK

Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on 5C rootstock

TRELLISING

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

GEOLOGY

This vineyard is located on rolling hills with well drained and rocky loam. The volcanic bedrock and sediments that comprise the Calistoga AVA allow for reduced green growth and promote deep, concentrated flavors within the berries.

Vineyard
Description

Planted on well-drained, alluvial soils at the base of Calistoga’s Eastern hills, Kenefick Ranch produces vines of moderate vigor that yield loose clusters with small, concentrated berries. The loamy soil, western exposure and the warmer upper valley climate of this westward-facing vineyard helps us achieve optimal phenolic ripeness. The resulting wines offer a mouthwatering combination of boysenberry and black cherry aromas with fresh fruit flavors that expand and coat the palate, along with density, layers of texture and a juicy finish.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Calistoga, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 2-8, 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

2016

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 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon leads with luxurious dark fruit and spice aromas. Layer after layer of juicy black fruit and wild berry flavors unfold on the palate, accented by notes of warm spice. Big, rich tannins provide structure and will allow this powerful Cabernet to cellar beautifully for many years to come.