2016 Nickel & Nickel
Martin Stelling Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2016 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a stellar representation of this remarkable vineyard. The wine gushes with cherry, plum and cassis, elevated by subtle notes of baking spices. There is an elegance and depth to these tannins that coat and expand across the entire palate, giving this wine a long, layered presence concluded by a warm toasted oak finish.


Bale soil series from Martin Stelling Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, 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

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is situated on its own alluvial fan. The combination of proper drainage with the vineyard’s finely grained soils contributes to the vineyard’s incredible consistency. The soil is comprised of clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.

Vineyard
Description

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 2, 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

1997

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 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a stellar representation of this remarkable vineyard. The wine gushes with cherry, plum and cassis, elevated by subtle notes of baking spices. There is an elegance and depth to these tannins that coat and expand across the entire palate, giving this wine a long, layered presence concluded by a warm toasted oak finish.