2011 Nickel & Nickel
John C. Sullenger Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2011 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet offers complex aromas and flavors of plum and black cherry fruits, tobacco, earth, cedar and dried herb. Warm, toasty oak flavors complement the fruit on the middle palate, while polished tannins enhance the texture and build toward a lengthy finish.


Bale soil series from John C. Sullenger Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1989 and 2003

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:

  • 5C
  • 3309C
  • 101-14

Acreage

30 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

Situated at the toe of an alluvial fan that extends from the western Mayacamas range, the vineyard is comprised of fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.

Vineyard
Description

The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville and is named for John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s. The vineyard’s 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 21 – 22, 2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

9 days

Aging

18 months in French oak

  • 44% new
  • 56% once-used

Release Date

September 2014

First Vintage

1997

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

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. This vineyard set an extremely small crop this year and needed minor adjustments. 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 harvested the entire vineyard in mid-October, when flavor and tannin development was at its peak.

The 2011 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet offers complex aromas and flavors of plum and black cherry fruits, tobacco, earth, cedar and dried herb. Warm, toasty oak flavors complement the fruit on the middle palate, while polished tannins enhance the texture and build toward a lengthy finish.