2018 Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

2018 Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

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SKU: 003-CBI186B

We've crafted riveting Cabernets from this western Oakville vineyard for more than two decades. Round and generous, with deep fruit flavors and coating tannins, the 2018 vintage pulses with instantly approachable appeal. 

003-CBI186B
Wine Spectator
93
Production Notes
Lots to like here, with a well of açai, plum and blackberry fruit to draw on and extra sweet spice, licorice, bay and sassafras accents adding range. Finish pumps along nicely, pulling everything together. Well built. Best from 2022 through 2033. —J.M.
Tasting Notes
From the black cherry and dried herb aromatics to the sappy fruit flavors, Branding Iron Cabernet pulses with instantly approachable appeal. With deep fruit flavors that have a focused intensity yet feel round and broad on the palate, there’s a compelling density we have come to expect from western Oakville Cabernet, along with coating tannins, warm toasted oak and an extended finish.
Vineyard Notes
Named for the branding iron owned by the proprietor, the eight-and-a-half acre Branding Iron Vineyard lies in western Oakville, close to the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard is comprised of well-drained clay loam and the vines are vertically trellised to maximize sunlight and open the canopy. The area’s warm climate and sun exposure in both the morning and afternoon is perfect for slowly ripening the fruit, which often benefits from a long hang time.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Oakville
Harvest Date
October 23–25, 2018
Aging
French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used)
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Spectator
93

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