Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Branding Iron 2004
APPELLATION: Oakville, Napa Valley VARIETAL: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon AGING: French oak barrels (48% new, 52% once-used) HARVEST DATE: September 17, 2004 RELEASE DATE: September 2007 SKIN CONTACT: 12 days TIME: 18 months FIRST VINTAGE: 2000 The 2004 growing season was quite early this year with bloom starting two weeks ahead of usual. The warm spring and summer months provided ideal ripening weather for the vines and although crop loads were a bit low for Cabernet, the vineyard looked good. Sugars developed before flavors were ripe and so we let the fruit hang on the vines for a few more weeks. This vineyard was picked with excellent fruit flavors in mid September, almost one month sooner than last year. The 2004 Branding Iron definitely shows the signature of western Oakville. This wine has beautiful flavors of black cherry and wild berry, layered with sweet impressions of vanilla and spice. Over the years, the body of this wine has gotten much richer and this 2004 is no exception. The middle palate is fat and coating and the ripe, jammy flavors, complemented by the oak, progress into a warm, lingering finish.
Established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is based on a philosophy of producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinct personality of each vineyard. It is from some of the most coveted vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma valleys that the Nickel & Nickel wines are produced.