2011 Nickel & Nickel
Martin Stelling Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2011 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet offers bright, berry aromas accompanied by vanilla, which give a beautiful first impression. Jammy, blackberry fruit blends nicely with chocolate and cedar on the palate. Spice and toast from the oak add richness to this wine, and polished tannins melt away as flavors progress into a long finish.


Bale soil series from Martin Stelling Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1993

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Acreage

2 acres

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on 5C rootstock

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is situated on its own alluvial fan. The combination of proper drainage with the vineyard’s finely grained soils contributes to the vineyard’s incredible consistency. The soil is comprised of clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.

Vineyard
Description

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville, and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Date

October 21, 2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

9 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 60% new
  • 40% 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 naturally sets a low yield, so it required minor canopy 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 were at their peak.

The 2011 Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet offers bright, berry aromas accompanied by vanilla, which give a beautiful first impression. Jammy, blackberry fruit blends nicely with chocolate and cedar on the palate. Spice and toast from the oak add richness to this wine, and polished tannins melt away as flavors progress into a long finish.