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Monthly Archives: October 2011


Au Revoir, Harvest 2011!

by on October 27, 2011

It’s been a very busy last few weeks for our winemaking team. Harvest arrived fast and furious and this past Monday, we brought in the last of it—Cabernet from the C.C. Ranch and Kelham vineyards. Whew! But just because harvest has finished, it doesn’t mean the work is done, and there’s still a long way to go before we share the fruits of our labor with you.

There are several distinctive things about the 2011 harvest. Dirk Hampson, Director of Winemaking, says this Nickel & Nickel vintage is marked by small yields and a very rapid harvest (everything came in in a couple of weeks!) The juice is now going through fermentation and, Dirk reports, the perfume and balance of the vintage look quite promising.

Winemaker Darice Spinelli adds that there wasn’t a pattern to the ripening this year and, interestingly enough, various blocks from C.C. Ranch were among the first and last to be harvested. She notes that she will be moving the Cabernets to barrel within the next couple of weeks, and so the hard work continues.

We’re looking forward to tasting these wines with you at our annual Futures event. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12, 2012.


Preparing for Spring

by on October 20, 2011

Out with the old and beautiful and on to the new and underground—at least for a few months. The time to plant bulbs is upon us, and that means sacrifice and delayed gratification. It’s a double whammy: pulling out what was planted in the spring, which is now so gorgeous, and replacing it with something under the soil that we won’t see for months. Staying a season ahead is key, though, and planning for tomorrow is so worth the wait.

The entrance to the Sullenger House, awash in springtime color!

For the last four years, we’ve preserved our Dragon Wing Begonias and Coleus through the winter by removing them with care each fall and letting them thrive in our greenhouse until spring. Together with the tulips, poppies, alyssum and other flowering plants, they ensure abundant springtime color.




by on October 13, 2011

Welcome to our new blog, devoted to the making, celebrating and sharing of our single-vineyard wines. You’ll hear from a host of interesting voices on our team here at Nickel & Nickel, from our winemaker and viticulturist, to the talented folks in landscaping, hospitality and more. We’ll be posting weekly and you’re invited to read along with us each week.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you next week!

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