Nickel & Nickel Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Price: $89.99
Item No. 54228
  • WE92
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

The diminutive, five-acre Dragonfly Vineyard is a Cabernet hotspot. Located in St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain , old timers know this magical place as a "banana belt" microclimate, as it ideal summer temperatures allow the vines to develop their notable ripe and jammy fruit. The vines benefit from the site's deep, gravelly loam soils and gentle southern exposure, while the vineyard's namesake dragonflies zip about all summer long .

The spring of 1999 arrived later than usual and flowering occurred during cool weather, reducing crop production. There were a few hot summer days in this area, but they occurred early enough in the season that very little damage to the vines was sustained. The vineyard experienced a wonderful growing season and a warm, relatively dry fall. The vintage's lower yields pushed the fruit flavors to extremes.

Rich and powerful yet elegant, the Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon impresses with its ripe, jammy fruit and plush texture. The color is a beautiful garnet and the aromas reveal the ripeness of this fruit at harvest. The wine opens with concentrated flavors of strawberry jam, berry and vanilla wrapped in soft layers of toasty oak. The tannins are incredibly supple and long, adding to the warmth and elegance of the wine.

Learn About Nickel & Nickel

Nickel & Nickel is devoted exclusively to producing 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinctive personality of each vineyard. Established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente, the winery is based in Oakville, California, on the 42-acre John C. Sullenger vineyard property. Nickel & Nickel produces single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, but also makes single-vineyard Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

Read More About Napa Valley

Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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