2019 Nickel & Nickel Beatty Ranch Vineyard [3.0L], Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
We consistently have "high-elevation" expectations for this Howell Mountain Cabernet, and this ruggedly elegant vintage delivers voluminous dark berry and dried herb flavors framed by juicy acidity and firm mountain tannins.
Rugged yet refined, this gorgeous old vine Cabernet leads with a classic mixed berry and dried herb perfume. Voluminous blackberry and raspberry flavors are framed by firm mountain tannins and vibrant acidity. A savory dustiness provides subtle contrast to the deep, juicy fruit, while whispers of bay leaf linger on a generous finish.
Located atop Howell Mountain, Beatty Ranch typically gets to enjoy the warmth of the sun when summer fog lines the valley floor. While the fruit ripens easily, we must wait for mature tannins to emerge. The red, rocky soils are ideal for producing moderate-sized vines, and this vineyard is comprised of four different clones that each provide a unique flavor profile to the overall wine.
November 1, 2018
French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used)