2005 Nickel & Nickel Rock Cairn Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

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The cooler vintage this year offered up a nice medley of flavors from this vineyard. The 2005 Rock Cairn has a fruit core of black cherry and licorice laced with green olive and spice. Rich and powerful, this wine is full bodied with firm and fleshy tannins. The oak supports and expands the middle palate and the mature tannins give length to the finish.
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Planted in 1984, Rock Cairn Vineyard lies near the southern edge of the Oakville appellation, east of Highway 29 and north of the town of Yountville. The 30-acre vineyard is named for the “cairns,” or piles of rocks, that were formed long ago when Indians traversed the hills and would place a rock on the pile as an offering for safe passage. The site is comprised of deep, gravelly loam with a western exposure, and the vines produce very concentrated fruit late in the season. Nickel & Nickel selects grapes from nine acres of the vineyard. 2005 provided a normal growing season for this vineyard, with budbreak in late February and bloom in late May. Conditions were nice during bloom, so the set was slightly above average. As usual, the canopy was opened to allow more sunlight on the fruit and we monitored our irrigation to make sure that the vineyard had the proper amount of water. The summer months were moderate and we didn’t get the few heat waves that really bump up the sugars. Although there was a little heat in late September and early October, the fruit needed the extra hang time to fully develop the tannins. Once the leaves started to change color, the tannins rounded out and we harvested this vineyard early on Halloween.
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Vintage 2005
Country United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Bottle Size 750ml
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