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Your Summer Visit

on June 2, 2014

Nickel & Nickel

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:

Plan Ahead

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!

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Meet Our 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets

on September 2, 2013

We officially released our 2010 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernets in August to an appreciative crowd.

2010 Nickel & Nickel Cabernets

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!

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Cedar Plank-Roasted Manchego Cheese—and 2010 Nickel & Nickel CC Ranch Cabernet

on August 29, 2013

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 

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Ingredients

1 yellow onion

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/8 cup toasted almonds,
roughly chopped

1/8 cup brandied cherries, halved

Balsamic vinegar

5 ounces aged Manchego cheese

1 cedar plank, 6″ x 4″,
soaked in water overnight

12 crostini

 

Method

This recipe has two simple parts: the cherry, onion and almond compote and the roasted cheese.

Compote Preparation:
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.

Cheese Preparation:
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.

Serves 4

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The Fine Art of Giving Fine Wine

on November 12, 2012

A gift of wine is one of the best ways to say thank you to your host or hostess, and our online gift catalog features several gift ideas that will delight anyone at the Thanksgiving table.

The Single-Vineyard Trio package is perfect for Cabernet lovers and features three bottles of single-vineyard wine from three heralded AVAs: 2009 C.C. Ranch Cabernet from Rutherford, 2009 Sullenger Cabernet from Oakville, and 2009 State Ranch Cabernet from Yountville.

For a gift package that will complement each course in a meal, consider Cheers, which contains the 2009 State Ranch Cabernet, 2010 Truchard Chardonnay and 2007 Dolce.

It doesn’t stop there—the catalog is filled with wine gift ideas sure to delight all the aficionados on your list. Each gift package is linked for easy online ordering, or for personal assistance call Nickel & Nickel at (707) 967-9600.

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Introducing Our 2009 Single-Vineyard Cabernets

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.

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