2019 Nickel & Nickel Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga
Crafted to capture the concentrated fruit and rich tannins of Kenefick Ranch's prized vines, this full-bodied wine "reminds us," says our winemaker, "that great Cabernet can be both pretty and powerful."
Deep and texture-driven, this Calistoga Cabernet commands attention with its blackberry and floral perfume, dark fruit flavors and savory undertones. Ripe black cherry and blackberry front load the palate, while coating tannins and notes of tobacco, cocoa and spice unfold on the midpalate and continue into a finish layered with dark, sappy-silky fruit.
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.
September 20–24, 2018
French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used)