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Harvest Update: Our 2015 Single Vineyard Wines

on October 5, 2015

State Ranch Vineyard, Yountville, Napa Valley 

Nickel & Nickel Harvest 2015 in Seven Words or Less: Early, High-Speed, Small Yields, Intense Flavors.

On September 3rd, we picked our first Napa Valley blocks of Truchard Chardonnay and C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to making this one of the earliest harvests on record for us, Mother Nature decided this would also be one of the rare years when we brought both Chardonnay and Cabernet into the winery on the same day. We pick our fruit when the vineyard demands it!

As we send this, all but two of our Single Vineyard Cabernets are already off the vine, along with some very tasty Syrah from our Darien Vineyard. We never get much fruit from this Russian River Valley site, but we love this vineyard and the wine it produces so much. Darice says it’s already showing the wild berries and seductive notes of earth and spice that make this red such a favorite. Our Chardonnay and Merlot vineyards have also been picked, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be welcoming a new Russian River Valley Chardonnay to the portfolio (but more on that later!).

This week, we’ll bring in fruit from our final two Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards: Rock Cairn in Napa Valley’s exciting Oakville AVA, plus one of our favorite Howell  Mountain sites, Beatty Ranch.  It’s been one of the earliest – and quickest – vintages on record.

Although it’s too early to give a thorough profile of the vintage, we can say that yields are small, the wines are developing gorgeous color in the tank, and we’re very pleased with the intense flavors we’re seeing so far.

Want to know more about the single vineyard wines that comprise the Nickel & Nickel portfolio? Check out the current lineup here!

2015 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet, coming down the line!


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!


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!


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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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



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.