We may be getting ready for harvest, but it’s also flower season at Nickel & Nickel. Landscape Designer Daniel Townsend has again worked wonders with a magical mix of zinnias, cosmos and, a new addition this year, sunflowers. Enjoy!
(Photos by Robb McDonough)
Harvest is just days away and the production team here at Nickel & Nickel is prepared to give the 2013 vintage all the attention and care it deserves. With 21 vineyards poised for picking, their hands will be full with these small-lot, single-vineyard wines. We’ll start picking Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay this coming Monday and move into Cabernet Sauvignon by the end of the week.
Led by Darice Spinelli, who has been making our wines since the second vintage in 1998 (over 15 years!), this rockstar lineup represents a combined 68 years of experience at Nickel & Nickel. With a lot of hard work and skill, they shepherd the single-vineyard wines from the moment the fruit arrives at the winery during harvest to when the finished wines leave on their way to you
Back row, left to right: Eric Kiser, Facilities Manager; Jesus Duran, Cellar Supervisor; Martin Perez, Cellar Worker; Manny Vargas, Cellar Worker; Rafa Fuentes, Cellar Master; Diego Barbosa, Cellar Worker; Lalo Loyola, Maintenance Assistant; Diego Medina, Harvest Cellar Worker; Javier Vargas, Cellar Worker; Alfredo Mendez, Harvest Cellar Worker.
Kneeling, left to right: Rafa Hernandez, Harvest Cellar Worker; Megan Melief, Assistant Winemaker; Darice Spinelli, Winemaker.
Here’s to a safe, abundant harvest! Stay tuned for updates throughout the season.
We officially released our 2010 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernets in August to an appreciative crowd.
Winemaker Darice Spinelli describes the 2010 Cabernets as showing ripe fruit, with polished tannins and a nice integration of oak. The wines strike a nice balance of being approachable now, but able to evolve beautifully in bottle.
To learn more about these wines, visit our portfolio or you may acquire your favorites among the vintage online here.
Guests on our tours and tastings have the opportunity to taste several of these 2010 Cabs side by side. We’re currently pouring:
2010 Nickel & Nickel C. C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
2010 Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
2010 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch, Yountville, Napa Valley
2010 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley
We are in one of our busiest seasons of the year, so please call well in advance of your planned visit. The wines presented on tours and tastings change every few weeks. We look forward to seeing you!
If you haven’t been to the Napa Valley during harvest, here is one more incentive: our second annual harvest party on September 28, 2013. We admit, Napa Valley is a wonderful place to visit year around, but the months of September and October are two of the most exciting. The valley is full of activity—the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of harvest. It’s not to be missed!
Last year’s first day of harvest and blessing of the grapes
We celebrate harvest with current vintages of our single-vineyard wines, as well as a few surprises from the cellar paired with live music and hors d’oeuvres. Behind-the-scenes harvest tours will give you an inside peek at the care we give each vineyard. The event is planned for 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., so make reservations at your favorite nearby restaurant and join us for appetizers and wine!
If you haven’t already RSVP’d, you will want to do so right away as this event will sell out. Click here or call (707) 967-9600 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
This easy recipe from Executive Chef Trevor Eliason makes a great hors d’oeuvres course. Pair with our Single-Vineyard Cabernet (we opened C.C. Ranch, but feel free to try with our other Napa Cabernets!) for a delicious start to dinner.
Cedar Plank-Roasted Manchego Cheese,
Brandied Cherries, Charred Onion Jam and Crostini
1 yellow onion
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/8 cup toasted almonds,
1/8 cup brandied cherries, halved
5 ounces aged Manchego cheese
1 cedar plank, 6″ x 4″,
soaked in water overnight
This recipe has two simple parts: the cherry, onion and almond compote and the roasted cheese.
Slice the onion into thick slices, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill both sides of the onion on high heat until dark grill marks appear. Dice the onion once it has cooled and fold in the almonds and brandied cherries. Season with salt and pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Remove the rind and place the cheese on the soaked cedar plank. Place the plank in a 300°F oven for about 4 minutes. You want the cheese to be warm all the way through without melting too much. It should appear soft and shiny, but still hold its shape.
Serve the compote and crostini alongside the warm cheese. Enjoy with a glass of Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.