2013 Nickel & Nickel Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2013 Nickel & Nickel Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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Add layers of gorgeous dark fruit flavors to your holiday menus with this limited-release Cabernet from one of our finest hillside vineyards.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 8, 2013
17 months in French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used)
Alcohol %
Robert Parker
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2013 Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best qualities of a hillside wine. A beautiful bouquet of blueberries and cassis precede a palate filled with a medley of boysenberries, violets, earth, stone and cedar. This is a big, juicy wine with astounding fruit and depth of flavor, perfectly in balance with a firm core. This wine needs some time to resolve, but is certain to be a showstopper for many years to come.
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 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Element 28 has richer, more creamy blackberry and cassis-scented nose, a dense purple color, beautiful texture, richness, ripeness and a long, long finish. This is impressive, and while it needs 5-7 years of cellaring, it should age well for 30 or more years.