About Nickel & Nickel 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Quarry Vyd., Rutherford, Napa Valley
Gil Nickel who founded Far Niente started Nickel & Nickel to produce extraordinary single vineyard Napa Valley Cabs. Each is a very low production wine from a unique sub-appellation in Napa Valley. The Quarry Vineyard lies in the rolling hills on the east side of the Silverado Trail in Rutherford. Nickel and Nickel source Cabernet Sauvignon from three blocks in the vineyard with white loamy soil that provides good drainage and reduces vigor.
The grapes from these 20 year old vines are small, concentrated and loaded with flavor. Of course we know the 2016 vintage brought superb quality and ripeness as well. The wine macerated on the skins for 17 days. It was aged 16 months in 48% new French oak barrels. The 2016 Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with beautiful aromas of sage, cedar, black olive and forest floor, mixed with briary notes of blueberry and spicy black fruits. With ample intensity of fruit on entry, the 2016 Quarry possesses moderate tannins that are layered and elegant. Subtle herbaceous notes mixed with oak come through on the back half of the palate, reminiscent of delectable baking spices, such as vanilla, clove and brioche. The resulting wine creates a lasting impression with its graceful finish.