The 2011 Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of berry, vanilla and spice. On the palate, a nice combination of cherry and wild berry fruit is married with an enchanting mix of vanilla and herb. Toasty oak adds an intriguing nuance to the flavors, while the texture is round and soft. This wine is remarkably balanced and shows beautifully, even in its youth.
Cortina soil series from Hayne vineyard
St. Helena, Napa Valley
1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 8 and Bacchus on two rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
Located in Western St. Helena near the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, the vineyard is composed of the Cortina soil series.
The Hayne Vineyard is situated in St. Helena at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains and is well known for its single-vineyard wines from the site. The vines are moderate in size due to the gravelly, loam soils and the vineyard produces small yields. The warm St. Helena temperatures are ideal for producing sweet, jammy fruit and this vineyard tends to be picked at the beginning of harvest each year. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from 9 acres.
October 13 – 15, 2011
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
9 – 12 days
18 months in French oak
In 2011, cloud cover in the winter and early spring delayed the year’s growing season, but above average rainfall filled the reservoirs. Bloom this year occurred in June, which is the latest on record, so we opened up the canopy in order to allow more light in to ripen the fruit. A cool summer without any real heat spikes offered a slow ripening period, and the fruit looked beautiful on the vines. Without the extra heat, sugar levels remained low and we waited to harvest the fruit until mid-October, allowing for great flavor and tannin development.