2008 Nickel and Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Martin Stelling Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
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"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Martin Stelling Vineyard is another of the darker, more brooding wines in this lineup. Tar, smoke, licorice plums and blackberries are some of the notes that emerge from this powerful, inward Cabernet. It shows fabulous balance all the way through to the pure, tannic finish. The wine’s purity and sheer classiness place it among the very finest wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. " (WA)

"(from a vineyard at the base of the western hills in Oakville): Bright ruby. Precise aromas of blackberry, blueberry and violet complicated by a loamy nuance. At once suave and energetic, with terrific concentration but no hard edges to the flavors of blackberry, blueberry and cocoa powder. Integrated acidity gives life to the middle palate and powers the superb mounting, palate-staining finish. A beauty." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The 100-acre Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville, and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.

The 2008 growing season provided a variety of weather patterns that presented a few challenges, but ultimately resulted in some exciting wines. The year began with substantial rainfall, but was followed by a dry spell that actually put us behind normal precipitation levels. The longest frost season in decades followed, which lowered vineyard yields, but the remaining crop developed beautiful intensity. Very warm temperatures in mid-May gave way to a cool summer and warm September, which helped develop ripe flavors and mature tannins. Stelling was harvested in mid-October, at the peak of ripeness.

This 2008 Martin Stelling Cabernet Sauvignon has layers of blackberry, black cherry and cassis, which harmonize with undertones of chocolate and spice. This wine is fleshy with a dark, dense core that expands on the middle palate. The tannins are supple and rich and, combined with the oak, highlight the beautiful fruit medley in a lingering finish.