Flaunting its hillside origins, the 2016 Sori Bricco Cabernet Sauvignon offers an impressive intensity of aromas and concentration of flavors. Dark fruit fragrances of cherry, currant, and blackberry blend harmoniously with background notes of earth, mineral, and graphite. Upon entry, the wine coats the palate with robust mountain tannins that ultimately dissolve due to the juiciness of the balanced acidity.
Gravelly loam from Sori Bricco Vineyard
Diamond Mountain District,
Clones 169 and 338
on St. George Rootstock
This hillside wine is planted on well drained loam with a north/northwest aspect.
High in the hills of Diamond Mountain, Sori Bricco spans a wide range of hillsides with different sun exposures resulting in separate harvest dates across the ranch. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam and the vines tend to be very small as they struggle against the slopes. The climate is very warm in the early spring and these vines are among the first to bud each year. The warm summer months produce nice, juicy flavors, while the cooler nights offer long hang time to gain tannin maturity each season. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from about six acres of this 25-acre vineyard.
October 5 – 12, 2016
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 months in French oak
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.