2014 Nickel & Nickel Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2014 Nickel & Nickel Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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With textured fruit and earth notes supported by tannins that grow more supple each year, this special limited-release Cabernet is one to enjoy this holiday season and explore again and again during holidays to come.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 10, 2014
French oak barrels (54% new, 46% once-used)
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2014 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful bouquet of blueberries and cassis. Flavors of boysenberry, violet, vanilla, and cedar, combined with hillside intensity, make a delectable presentation, while the rich tannins enhance the midpalate. This is a big wine with so much fruit and depth of flavor. If you love powerful wines, this is one that you can enjoy now or lay down for many years in your cellar.
Vineyard Notes
Element 28 is named after the owner of the vineyard, Erik Nickel, who ingeniously came up with the name Element 28, which is “nickel” on the periodic table. Located high in the hills across from Lake Henessey, this vineyard has a nice western exposure, comprised of shallow, gravelly loam soils which produce small vines with loose clusters and small berries. Three different clones offer a variety of concentrated fruit flavors that are hallmarks of this hillside vineyard.
Production Notes
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Element 28 emerges from the eastern hills of Napa overlooking Lake Hennessey. The wine has a dense, opaque purple color, a beautiful blackberry and cassis nose with some underlying minerality, a touch of forest floor and crushed rock, and a medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic finish. Forget this wine for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 20 years. -Robert Parker