Vineyard Profile: Nickel & Nickel Harris Merlot – The Vineyard Site
by Nickel & Nickel on July 15, 2013
In our previous post about Harris Vineyard Merlot, we highlighted some of the characteristics that make this Merlot a favorite for many. Today we’re taking a closer look at the vineyard itself and what makes it perfectly suited for this Merlot.
The vineyard is located in Oakville, just east of our Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. 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.
The good soil drainage and southern sun exposure position the vineyard to produce a beautiful, complex Merlot. Stay tuned for tasting impressions from Winemaker Darice Spinelli.