2017 Nickel & Nickel
Element 28
Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2017 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon presents ample amounts of plum and blackberry fruits, surrounded by notes of clove, vanilla and cardamom. Delicious boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors are supported by a firm core of tannin. Soft stony-mineral notes add dimension to this wine that suggest this is an age-worthy wine.


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 after the owner of the vineyard, Erik Nickel, who ingeniously came up with the name Element 28, which is “nickel” on the periodic table. Located high in the hills across from Lake Henessey, this vineyard has a nice western exposure, comprised of shallow, gravelly loam soils which produce small vines with loose clusters and small berries. Three different clones offer a variety of concentrated fruit flavors that are hallmarks of this hillside vineyard.

Wine Notes

APPELLATION

Napa Valley

HARVEST DATE

October 6, 2017

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

10 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Release Date

November 2019

First Vintage

2012

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

The year began with a cold and much-needed wet winter, followed by a mild spring. April showers following budbreak resulted in hearty vine growth that only accelerated with the summer sun. The vineyards enjoyed a brief cooling period in August before a final heat spike over Labor Day weekend. The cool weather that immediately followed gave our fruit additional hang-time on the vine continuing phenolic development.

The 2017 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon presents ample amounts of plum and blackberry fruits, surrounded by notes of clove, vanilla and cardamom. Delicious boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors are supported by a firm core of tannin. Soft stony-mineral notes add dimension to this wine that suggest this is an age-worthy wine.