This first release of the 2011 Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is exactly what one would expect from Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District. This powerful wine opens with aromas of plum and white flowers. Plum flavors are mirrored upon entry, with notes of tobacco and cedar enhanced by a distinct minerality. Rich, briary fruit is paired nicely with the toasty French oak, adding warmth to the middle palate. The tannins from this vintage are full bodied, rich and supple, which promises increasing complexity with a few years of bottle aging.
Gravelly loam soil from Sori Bricco Vineyard
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley
Clones 169 and 338
on St. George Rootstock
This hillside wine is planted on well drained loam with a north/northwest aspect.
High in the hills of Diamond Mountain, Sori Bricco Vineyard spans a wide range of hillsides with different sun exposures resulting in separate harvest dates across the ranch. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam and the vines tend to be very small as they struggle against the slopes. The climate is warm in the early spring and these vines are among the first to bud each year. The summer months produce nice, juicy flavors, while the cooler nights offer long hang time to gain tannin maturity each season. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from about six acres of this 25-acre vineyard.
Diamond Mountain District,
October 17, 2011
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 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 occurred in mid- June, and these young vines produced a low yield. 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.