Nichelini Family Winery
The Oldest Family-Owned Winery in Napa Valley
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine reflects the concentrated depth of flavor and smoothness that 36-year-old vines can produce.
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine reflects the concentrated depth of flavor and smoothness that 36-year-old vines can produce. From this small, select vineyard, these premium grapes were hand-harvested and cellared in French oak.
Our vineyard has a classic varietal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon where it makes a very elegant wine. This older block, planted almost 40 years ago, produces lower yields each year, but the flavors are getting more concentrated. Also, 2016 was a good year with more even temperatures without severe heat spikes. The resulting powerful fruit manifested itself into a graceful style of Cabernet aromas and flavors. I used fermentation techniques and barrel programs that helped integrate it into a smooth and balanced wine. It is complimented with extended barrel aging, in mostly new elegant French oak.
The wine is an exquisite dark ruby-red color with aromas and flavors of vanilla, clove, ripe blackberry and oak, has a medium to full body and smooth tannins.
Alcohol: 13.8 %
Residual Sugar: <0.05 %
TA: 6.0 g/l
Appellation: Napa Valley
Sub-appellation: Chiles Valley District
Fermented for 15 days in stainless steel and then aged in 84% new and 16% neutral French oak barrels for 28 months before bottling.