2017 Nickel & Nickel Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga

2017 Nickel & Nickel Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga

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Our second release from this Calistoga vineyard is loaded with rich cherry-plum flavors, pure mineral notes and vibrant natural acidity, but it's the palate-filling layers of texture that make it one of the stars of the vintage. 


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Production Notes
Ebullient in rich red cherry and blackberry, this is a well-integrated and juicy, 100% varietal wine, with fresh acidity complementing its impressive grip. Lengthy, rounded tannins give it texture and a fleshy characteristic that appeals and impresses through a long, full-bodied finish. —V.B.
Tasting Notes
The 2017 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with rich cherry, blueberry and plum fruit flavors. Subtle mineral notes support the fruit, along with a vibrant natural acidity. Supple and round tannins carry through to a luxurious finish, while excellent texture and structure promise a wine that will be enjoyed for many years to come.
Vineyard Notes
Planted on well-drained, alluvial soils at the base of Calistoga's Eastern hills, Kenefick Ranch produces vines of moderate vigor that yield loose clusters with small, concentrated berries. The loamy soil, western exposure and the warmer upper valley climate of this westward-facing vineyard helps us achieve optimal phenolic ripeness. The resulting wines offer a mouthwatering combination of boysenberry and black cherry aromas with fresh fruit flavors that expand and coat the palate, along with density, layers of texture and a juicy finish.
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date
September 22 – 23, 2017
French oak barrels (48% new, 52% once-used)
Alcohol %
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