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Wine Futures Update: 2013 Nickel & Nickel Cabernets Now in Bottle

on September 1, 2015

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Winemaker Darice Spinelli hasn’t seen a vintage like 2013 since she began her Napa Valley winemaking career in 1988. With the 2013 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons now in bottle, Darice offers us a snapshot of what she calls the most unique vintage we’ve ever had.

“The clarity of our Cabernets is incredible, but they are dark as ink. Even within the flavor profile, the wine expresses deeper, darker berry notes. The fruit is beautiful and fresh, with a gorgeous chocolate-covered berry essence.

In many ways, 2013 was a mystery. The growing season was excellent, but we’ve had other, equally excellent years. Yet, none have produced wines with such textural richness or as dark a fruit profile as this vintage.”

Since our 2013 Futures Tasting in May, tannins have rounded out, and the complexity of flavors has deepened. Over the next year, tannins and texture will continue to soften and refine in the bottle. When we release these Cabernets to you next year, they will have entered a beautiful drinking phase that should continue for the next 20 years.

Darice says that if she could duplicate the 2013 vintage, she would, but therein lies one of the many beauties of growing and making wine: Each year, each season, gives us something totally new.

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Questions about our Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Futures Program? Call us at (707) 967-9600 or email (tsetzer@nickelandnickel com). You can also click here to learn more.

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The Nickel & Nickel Top Three: Small Plates (and the Best Napa Wines to Go With Them)

on August 5, 2015

Executive Chef Trevor EliasonA brief moment of pause for Chef Trevor Eliason,
during this year’s Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day.

After cooking up mouthwatering menus for our Nickel & Nickel Cabernet release events for almost a decade, Chef Trevor Eliason has come to know the crowd favorites. For us, each event is a chance to showcase exciting new dishes to pair with our single vineyard wines. Over the years, however, our members and guests have come to have a few clear favorites. Chef Trevor clued us in to our Members’ Top Three, and suggested his favorite Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons to open and enjoy with each.

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A Nickel & Nickel Spring

on March 13, 2015

We’re a few days shy of the official start to spring, but don’t tell the flowers, trees and birds at Nickel & Nickel. Everything is budding, blooming, and singing, and even the vineyard is getting in on the action. Viticulturist Aaron Fishleder says bud break is just getting underway in our home vineyard, John C. Sullenger Vineyard.

Sullenger Vineyard

Early this week, foggy mornings dusted everything with fine water droplets, giving everything an extra sparkle when the sun emerged. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, we got a few sprinkles of light rain which dusted everything off and gave the air that fresh, “just rained” smell.

Nickel & Nickel budding

In the cellar, winemaker Darice Spinelli and her team are working hard to put the final touches on the 2013 vintage. We’ll begin bottling our Single-Vineyard Cabernet (15 wines in this vintage!), Merlot and Syrah on April 20.

But that’s not all! Darice is also getting ready to showcase the 2014 Cabernets at our annual Futures tasting in May. For those of you who have joined us for this annual opportunity to taste and acquire Cabernets from our most recent vintage, you know what a treat it is to experience these young wines, which even in their youth, exemplify their vineyard sites. We hope you will join us this year!

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Pairing Tips: Cheese & Charcuterie

on February 11, 2015

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Thanks to all who attended our Nickel & Nickel Winter Open House last weekend! The fantastic crowd definitely kept things lively under overcast skies. The Napa Valley was drenched this past week with much needed rain, but the water-laden clouds spared us for the day and we entertained a full house. While Nickel & Nickel staff graciously poured our single-vineyard wines in our Fermentation Barns, Chef Trevor Eliason replenished the tables in the lounge area with cheese and charcuterie to keep palates interesting.

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Chef Trevor has provided us with suggestions for compiling your own spreads for a lovely cheese, charcuterie and wine experience at home. Keep in mind – everyone’s tastes are different, and the fun is in discovering how the food interacts with the wine on your palate.

Cheese

Age Matters: Go for aged cheeses with wonderfully concentrated flavors. At Open House, we served the Beemster Gouda, aged 18 months and 24 months.

Waxed vs. Washed: We typically recommend a waxed-rind cheese for wine pairing purposes – washed-rind cheese tends to be too ripe.

Salt Content: Look for something not too salty, so as to not interfere with the flavors of the wine. A good, balanced cheese we like to serve at events is Highway-1.

Cow, Sheep, Goat?: Local cow and sheep cheese is safe bet when attempting to pair with wine; goat cheese is not always wine-friendly. However, there are exceptions to the rule – we do offer Cypress Grove Midnight Moon Chèvre with Nickel & Nickel wines.

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Texture: We select thinly sliced meats instead of sausages, terrines and rillettes – think Proscuitto or Bresaola. This form of charcuterie offers a nice melt-in-your-mouth texture that is fantastic with wine.

Salty or Spicy?: Salty, fatty charcuterie goes great with our Nickel & Nickel Cabernets. Hot and spicy meats are not the best complement to our wines, but if you’re looking for something with a little bite, try a Mortadella with peppercorns.

Befriend the Butcher: It’s always great to support your local businesses. If you’re looking for charcuterie, chat with your butcher and ask if you can taste a selection of meats before you purchase. Try a combination of three different meats, like beef, pork and duck, and see what jumps out at you.

Happy pairing!

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In a Nutshell: Nickel & Nickel’s 2014 Harvest

on November 17, 2014

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.

 

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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.

 

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The Nickel & Nickel team
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