Dark in color, the 2013 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a
serious wine. Beautiful aromas of red and black fruits, spice and earth offer
insight to the characters on the palate; plum, black cherry, anise, cedar, tobacco
leaf, and tea blend together to create an abundance of flavors. This wine is
thick and coating with a density reminiscent of hillside fruit. Slightly chalky
tannins resolve themselves as the juicy fruit claims the finish.
The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind
the winery in the heart of Oakville and is named for John C. Sullenger, who
settled the farmstead in the 1880’s. The vineyard’s 28 acres of clay loam soil
are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, with two rootstocks and a few
different clones which each add a unique element to the resulting wine.