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.
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.
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.