The 2011 State Ranch Cabernet has a beautiful garnet color with bright, enticing aromas and flavors. Juicy berry fruits, chocolate, vanilla, dried herb and char blend together in harmony on a soft, velvety texture. The tannins are incredibly supple and long, adding to the warmth and elegance of the wine.
Bale clay loam soil from State Ranch
Yountville, Napa Valley
1990 and 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 and 4 on 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
State Ranch is planted on well-drained Bale clay loam.
State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyard is divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older and younger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part due to the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. The vines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sun throughout the day. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 14.5 acres of the vineyard.
October 19 – 20, 2011
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
7 – 10 days
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 this year occurred in June, which is the latest on record. We farmed the vineyard as we normally do, opening up the canopy to offer speckled light without exposing the fruit to sunburn. 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, but flavors developed nicely and we harvested the entire vineyard in mid-October when flavor and tannin development peaked.