This first release of the 2011 Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is exactly
what one would expect from Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District. This
powerful wine opens with aromas of plum and white flowers. Plum flavors
are mirrored upon entry, with notes of tobacco and cedar enhanced by a
distinct minerality. Rich, briary fruit is paired nicely with the toasty French
oak, adding warmth to the middle palate. The tannins from this vintage are
full bodied, rich and supple, which promises increasing complexity with a few
years of bottle aging.
High in the hills of Diamond Mountain, Sori Bricco spans a wide range of
hillsides with different sun exposures resulting in separate harvest dates across
the ranch. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam and the vines tend to
be very small as they struggle against the slopes. The climate is very warm in
the early spring and these vines are among the first to bud each year. The warm
summer months produce nice, juicy flavors, while the cooler nights offer long
hang time to gain tannin maturity each season. Nickel & Nickel produces wine
from about six acres of this 25-acre vineyard.