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Monthly Archives: September 2012


It’s Not Too Late for 2011 Futures!

by on September 10, 2012

We have extended our 2011 Futures offering through the end of October—a terrific opportunity to purchase your favorite Single-Vineyard Cabernets at current release prices.

Plus, if you purchase three or more 6-bottle boxes of wine, you are automatically entered in the Thief Program. You will receive a beautifully etched glass thief and two opportunities* to sample your wines from barrel with three of your friends. Contact Julie  Zanze at or (707) 967-9600 for more information.

 *Please contact us in advance to arrange your tasting.


Sullenger Cabernet and Basil Crusted Rabbit

by on September 10, 2012

If you’re like us, you love a fine dish paired with a fine wine. This ambitious recipe from Auberge du Soleil’s Executive Chef Robert Curry has just the right depth of flavor to stand up to the herb and spice in the compelling 2009 John C. Sullenger Cabernet. Enjoy!

Basil Crusted Rabbit, Wild Mushroom Ragout,
Sweet Garlic Cream 
and Mille-Feuille

From Auberge du Soleil Executive Chef Robert Curry

Click here for a printable pdf



Party Like It’s Harvest 2012!

by on September 10, 2012

Harvest is one of our favorite times in the Napa Valley, and we wanted to share this experience with you, our closest friends. This year we’re inviting you to join us for a harvest celebration, Nickel & Nickel style. We plan to open current wines and aged bottling, kick up our heels to some live music and sample tasty bites from Chef Trevor Eliason. Weather permitting, we will have informal, behind-the-scenes crush tours.

The event will run from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., so make dinner reservations at one of your favorite nearby restaurants and stop by Nickel & Nickel beforehand for a harvest toast.

For reservations, contact Noelle Govi at or call (707) 967-9600.


EnRoute Pinot Noir

by on September 10, 2012


The 2010 EnRoute Pinot Noir, just the fourth vintage from EnRoute, is following the trend set by previous vintages and is slated to sell out by the end of the year. The wine, made from choice vineyards in the Russian River Valley, has truly been a pleasure to introduce to friends across the country.

Take a look in your cellar, and if you could use a few more bottles, now would be a great time make your purchase. Once the 2010 vintage is sold out, our 2011 offering won’t release until March. To obtain the 2010 EnRoute Pinot Noir, you may order online or call (707) 967-9600.

Meanwhile, crews are harvesting the 2012 EnRoute Pinot Noir, growing in vineyards located in the Green Valley, Upper Middle Reach and Sebastopol Hills areas of the Russian River Valley. Winemaker Andrew Delos expects the vineyards will “provide beautiful black fruit flavors and mineral, earth and spice elements that will add layers, nuance and complexity to the wine.”


Introducing Our 2009 Single-Vineyard Cabernets

by on September 10, 2012

It’s an exciting time of year: we’ve just introduced our newest Nickel & Nickel Cabernet vintage and harvest is right around the corner! If you missed Cabernet Release Day in August, you may taste a selection of our 2009 Cabernets on a tour and tasting. In fact, this is a fantastic time to visit our winery right in the heart of the Napa Valley. There’s something about the energy of being in the valley during harvest that adds a special element to an already very special place. If you’re planning a fall visit, do give us a call well in advance to reserve your tasting appointment.

Right now we are pouring a beautiful selection of our 2009 Single-Vineyard Cabernets in our tasting room:

2009 Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Plush cherry flavors are enhanced by floral characteristics, which add dimension. The distinctive “Rutherford Dust,” combined with spice and toast from the oak, deepens flavor and complexity. Smooth and rich, the wine expands on the middle palate, and soft tannins melt away into a long, harmonious finish.

2009 Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Opulent cherry and blackberry flavors blend with the vanilla and spice from the French oak. The lush, dark, jammy fruit offers a silky entrance that expands and coats the palate, while the tannins are rich and supporting, leading to a lengthy finish.

2009 Nickel & Nickel Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

Blueberry and boysenberry flavors harmonize with a background of spice and herb. This wine is elegant and balanced between the juicy fruit and the vanilla from the oak. A coating, velvety texture is expansive and refreshing as the soft, supple tannins carry the flavors into a long finish.

2009 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley

This wine offers an intriguing combination of fruit and spice. Cranberry and berry flavors intertwine with earth and cigar, and the toasty component from the oak complements the fruit and adds an intriguing layer. This vintage also has a rich structure, more typical of a hillside Cabernet. This intense expression will allow this wine to age beautifully.

These wines are subject to change to another delicious selection. For a full list of our 2009 Cabernets click here.