2011 Nickel & Nickel
Tench Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2011 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows the most prominent fruit out of all our Cabernets from this vintage. It presents beautiful aromas and flavors of berry and blueberry – characteristics that define this special terroir – along with hints of mineral from the soil and vanilla from the French oak. This wine strikes a beautiful balance between fruit and structure, providing integrated, elegant tannins that make it approachable upon release.


Weathered bedrock soil from Tench vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1973

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on St.George rootstock

Acreage

9 acres

Trellising

Head-trained

Geology

The Tench Vineyard is planted on bedrock in “soil” that is actually comprised of weathered and broken bedrock. The area where the vineyard is planted was created several thousand years ago when a slow-moving landslide occurred in the Vaca Mountains, to the east.

Vineyard
Description

The 43-acre Tench Vineyard is situated on the eastern edge of Oakville along the Silverado Trail. The area’s red, rocky soils of clay and volcanic rock have produced many famous Napa Valley Cabernets. Nickel & Nickel produces Cabernet from just nine acres of this late-ripening vineyard with northwest exposure. The grapes rapidly develop color and flavor as temperatures rise and harvest approaches.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 15 – 20, 2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

8 – 10 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 50% new
  • 50% once-used

Release Date

September 2014

First Vintage

1999

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. 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 the eastern exposure and the heat from the rocks in the soil helped to ripen the fruit. We harvested each block separately in mid-October to obtain the best flavors.

The 2011 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows the most prominent fruit out of all our Cabernets from this vintage. It presents beautiful aromas and flavors of berry and blueberry – characteristics that define this special terroir – along with hints of mineral from the soil and vanilla from the French oak. This wine strikes a beautiful balance between fruit and structure, providing integrated, elegant tannins that make it approachable upon release.