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2013 Single-Vineyard Cabernet Vintage Report

by on September 19, 2016

 “In my 23 years as a winemaker, I have never produced Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons with as much color and power as the 2013 Nickel & Nickel lineup delivers.” Winemaker Darice Spinelli


Although our wine club members had early access to these powerful wines, we are beyond excited to announce the official release of our 2013 Nickel and Nickel Single Vineyard Cabernet Collection. Some of the wines feel like velvet, while others possess a full-bodied hillside intensity. They’re rich, expressive and drinking beautifully now. At the same time, if you’re looking for a vintage to cellar this is it.



Labor Day Wine: Three Days, Three Wines, Three Ways to Fire up Your Weekend.

by on August 30, 2016


Gathering with family and friends this holiday weekend? Turn up the heat with these three great takes on Labor Day wine and food.

The three-day weekend is the opportunity to go all out on the grill, pairing some of your favorite types and cuts of meat with late summer’s abundance of tomatoes, peppers and stone fruits. And, if you’re anything like us, you’re a better (and happier) cook when you can brandish grilling tongs with one hand and wrap the other around a glass of juicy, supple single-vineyard wine. Preferably one with a long, mouth-filling finish.

Over the years our Executive Chef Trevor Eliason has tested and perfected a number of grilling recipes, from pork to lamb to every possible cut of beef available. We chose these three for their seasonal focus, and because they pair so beautifully with one (or more!) of our Single-Vineyard Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet selections.



Single-Vineyard Chardonnay: Get to Know Medina Vineyard

by on August 17, 2016

Napa Valley, Chardonnay, Medina, Vineyard

What’s so remarkable about the Nickel & Nickel Medina Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River ValleyWhen we host tastings and winemaker dinners, we often hear this question asked about a specific single-vineyard Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon in our portfolio. At Nickel & Nickel we passionately seek out extraordinary vineyards, vineyards that not only produce exceptional fruit, but are also uniquely expressive of their AVA.  When we find those sites, we farm them with precision, giving each exactly what it needs to achieve the purest expression of its place.

It’s a hands-on process, and the wines that result are truly one-of-a-kind.


Napa Valley Chardonnay: Get to Know Truchard

by on August 12, 2016

Napa Valley Chardonnay, Truchard Vineyard

Although we are most recognized for making Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from some of Napa Valley’s most exciting appellations, we are also committed to producing a small collection of Russian River Valley and Napa Valley Chardonnays. These wines come from some of our favorite vineyards within each region, and they each offer a combination of fruit flavors, balanced acidity and minerality that is as unique as the soils and climates in which they are grown.

With our Single-Vineyard Chardonnay harvest around the corner, we wanted to introduce you to the first of three Chardonnay vineyards within our Nickel & Nickel portfolio.



A Red-Carpet Day for Napa Valley Cabernet

by on August 1, 2016


 If there was ever a Napa Valley Cabernet vintage to roll out the red carpet for, the 2013 was it! Even before our Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons were bottled, we were able to taste the depth and richness of these stars in the making.

When we introduced the new release during Saturday’s annual Cabernet Day event, the wines were expressive, textured and just plain delicious. Some felt like velvet, while others showed a full-bodied hillside intensity. We loved sharing the full lineup with our wine club members and their guests.