Cheers to a fantastic 2014 harvest! We started harvesting fruit at the beginning of September, building to a crescendo that ended on October 14th – the majority of the fruit came in that last two-and-a-half weeks. Overall, we experienced ideal conditions for harvest save for some rain towards the last week of September, which only softened tannins in our Oakville, Yountville and hillside wines.
Left: Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay from our annual Blessing of the Grapes
Right: Beautiful Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon fruit
The vintage perfectly encapsulates our single-vineyard winemaking philosophy with the distinctive vineyard expressions evident in the wines. Winemaker Darice Spinelli notes that the vineyard expression is “very pronounced” this year with our Cabernets, ranging from elegant wines graced with soft tannins to bold, more powerful and robust expressions. You can, however, expect the typical red and dark berry fruits characteristic of each vineyard.
We’re also very excited for the development of our 2014 Nickel & Nickel Chardonnays. The wines are filling our fermentation barns with gorgeous aromatics and are already offering beautiful, forward fruit flavors with great balance. We can’t wait to share this vintage with you.
The Nickel & Nickel team
While much of the country may be pulling on stylish boots and bundling up in sweaters, we’re in summer redux here in Napa Valley. Predicted highs of 99 degrees coincided with Saturday’s harvest party, which meant we saw a lot of summer outfits. Who’s to judge if white is worn after Labor Day? Not we—though do be careful around the Cabernet.
Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band played while guests mingled sampling pizzas hot from the wood-burning oven and passed hors d’oeuvres. We took guests on behind-the-scenes tours, showing them everything from processing fruit that came in that morning to rehydrating yeast, punch downs and tasting wines that were partway through fermentation.
And there was wine, of course! We poured current release bottles, plus a few treats from the cellar.
2012 Stiling Vineyard Chardonnay
2012 Suscol Ranch Merlot
2011 C.C. Ranch Cabernet
2011 State Ranch Cabernet
2009 Copper Streak Vineyard Cabernet
2006 Witz End Vineyard Cabernet
2006 Dyer Vineyard Syrah
Did you join us? Which wine was your favorite?
Check out the rest of the photos from the day on our Facebook page.
Today with our first bins of Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay we kicked off Harvest 2014! This vineyard, located in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, benefits from cool, often foggy, mornings and evenings, and sunny days. Winemaker Darice Spinelli says they are picking the west-facing hillsides first, which get the full benefit of the afternoon sun, and crews will continue to harvest over a period of several days (perhaps weeks) as different areas of the vineyard ripen fully.
As with each start to harvest, the team at Nickel & Nickel gathered for a blessing from Father Charles (from the nearby Carmelite monastery) and a toast. Join us in wishing for a safe, successful Harvest 2014!
For a few more photos, visit our Facebook page.
It’s summer, and while we love Chardonnay we’re thinking Napa Cabernet—2011 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon, in fact. This year we’re celebrating our newest vintage on Saturday, August 2, with tastes offered of each of the 12 single-vineyard wines that make up this vintage.
What’s special about 2011? We think you’ll find that these wines share a beautiful balance and elegant expressions of each vineyard.
And you won’t go away hungry. Chef Trevor and his team are preparing an array of hors d’oeuvres to complement the flavors of the wines.
This event is nearly sold out, so if you want to attend, be sure to call us today at (707)967-9600.
Members of our wine clubs are the first to receive invitations to all of our winery events, as well as special pricing on wines and wine shipments. Learn about club member benefits here.
Maybe you’ve driven by Nickel & Nickel on Highway 29 and have never visited. Or maybe you make sure you do stop in for a tour and tasting each time you’re in the Napa Valley. Either way, we hope we will see you this summer!
Here are some tips for making the most of your visit:
Hotel, spa and dining reservations can fill up quickly during the late spring and summer months, and the same is true for tour and tasting appointments at Nickel & Nickel. As soon as you know you’re heading our way, please give us a call at (707) 967-9600 or make your reservation online. Weekends and holidays, and even weekdays, can book as much as 6 weeks out—and sometimes more.
The Wine Club Advantage
Our wine club members enjoy many benefits, including wine shipments, invitations to winery events and savings on wine purchases. They also receive complimentary tours and tastings, up to a party of four and with advance reservation, at both Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel properties. Take a look at our wine club offerings and see if any fit your tastes!
Get Ready to Taste!
Visits to the winery include a tour through the property and winemaking facilities followed by a seated tasting. If you love Napa Valley Cabernets, this tasting is special treat as you will taste four Single-Vineyard Cabernets from highly regarded Napa Valley AVAs. Each of the single-vineyard, 100 percent varietal Cabernets will be from the same vintage, allowing you to taste the unique qualities presented by each vineyard site.
Wines offered at the tasting change often, but right now we are pouring:
2011 Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley
2011 Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
2011 Nickel & Nickel Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley
2011 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley
We look forward to seeing you!