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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.

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A Red-Carpet Day for Napa Valley Cabernet

by on August 1, 2016

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 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.

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The Key to Tasting Cabernet Wine Futures

by on June 10, 2016

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Have you ever wondered what, exactly, are Wine Futures?

Buying Futures refers to purchasing wine that is still maturing in barrel. In France, this more than 200-year old practice is known as en primeur, which literally translates to, as being new.

In California, offering Wine Futures is a relatively recent development, and in Napa Valley, it is Cabernet Futures on which most winemakers set their sights. At Nickel & Nickel, our Cabernet Futures Program is all about 100%-varietal, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the Napa Valley’s most exciting regions: from Yountville and the Stags Leap District to Oakville, Rutherford, Diamond Mountain and more. And, each year, we invite our wine club members and past Futures buyers to come out and be the first to taste the newest vintage, straight out of barrel.

 

Learn More about our Cabernet Futures Program.

 

Barrel tastings are unique opportunity to glimpse a wine in its earliest stages of maturation, however, we’re often asked what, exactly, should you look for during a Napa Valley Cabernet barrel tasting? And how do you know if the still developing wine will be any good? During our own Cabernet Futures event, which takes place every spring, Winemaker Darice Spinelli always offers one essential tasting tip: Give your wine a lot of air. “You can really open up a young barrel selection just by giving it some extended time in your glass and a good, strong swirl.

 

After offering her one essential tip, Darice then asks two key questions:

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2014 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Futures Update

by on March 17, 2016

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Each spring, we introduce a new vintage of Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Futures during our annual Futures Barrel Tasting. It’s a lively celebration, as well as a unique opportunity to taste our Single-Vineyard Cabernets while they are still in barrel and reserve some of our most acclaimed (and limited production) wines before they are bottled.

Learn more about our Cabernet Futures Program.

When we tasted the 2014 vintage at last spring’s barrel tasting, it was already showing bright young fruit, yielding tannins and a wonderful richness on the midpalate. We couldn’t believe how well integrated and approachable the wine already seemed to be.

We checked in with Winemaker Darice Spinelli to see how they’re doing now. Her 2014 Cabernet Futures update is below!  (more…)

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Nickel & Nickel Open House | Single-Vineyard Wines

by on February 10, 2016

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The surest way to guarantee blue skies and sunshine? Plan for inclement weather.

Although we clearly had every intention of welcoming the rain at our Oakville winery, we loved celebrating a cloudless Napa Valley afternoon with our wine club members and guests at this year’s Nickel & Nickel Open House.

What a remarkable day! Our Single-Vineyard Wines were elegant and approachable, the wood-fired pizzas were in high demand, and our guests readily embraced the rainy day spirit, despite the almost balmy temps. (more…)

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