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Hedging Season

on June 21, 2013

We’re hedging our rows in Sullenger Vineyard right now to not only make the vineyard neat and tidy but to help the vines send energy to what will soon be beautiful clusters of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sullenger hedging

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2012 on Our Minds: Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Futures

on May 20, 2013

The vineyards are green and burgeoning with new growth—well on their way to producing the 2013 vintage—but a lot of us here at the winery are still thinking about 2012. That’s right, we’re talking Nickel & Nickel Napa Cabernet Futures.

Wine Club Manager Julie Zanze shared a bit about Futures and the Thief Club earlier. What we love about the opportunity to acquire these wines right now is that fans are able to snap up their favorite wines among the vintage before they sell out. (If you’re a long-time friend of Nickel & Nickel, you know this happens all too often!)

True, a little patience is required as the wines mature in barrel, undergo bottling and then take on a little more age in bottle—but it’s well worth it. Wines are shipped in late winter of the year the wines release—so lucky 2010 Cabernet Futures buyers have already received their wines this year, while the rest of us are awaiting the August release party.

For more on our Futures program, including 2012 wine notes, our 2012 Futures Diary, information on our Thief Club, and how to acquire 2012 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Futures, visit our Futures website.

Nickel & Nickel Futures

We had a wonderful time at our barrel tasting event on Saturday! We hope you were able to join us. If not, call us at (707) 967-9600 to arrange for a tasting of select 2012 Nickel & Nickel Cabernets. To view our photo album from the event, click here.

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To Catch a Thief

on April 18, 2013

You can make out like a bandit in more than one way during our Cabernet Futures Program! This is your chance to reserve our 2012 Nickel & Nickel wines while they are still aging in the barrel. The French call this process en primeur (literally ‘in youth’). Futures purchasers benefit by reserving the wines they love at current release prices, with the added convenience of receiving them after bottling and without risking a sellout of these limited-production, sought-after wines upon release.  Our Nickel & Nickel Futures are available for a limited time each year, from April 30 through July 31, and shipped in early spring 2015.

But the big reward goes to those that buy any 18-bottle Futures purchase with a membership in our Futures Thief Club! Members of this club receive their own etched Nickel & Nickel wine thief–a tool to sample or “steal” wine directly from the barrel. Members then have the opportunity to return to the winery on two occasions over the next several months to experience a private barrel tasting of the wines they purchased as they age and chart their progress.

Get a glimpse of the future and build your cellar collection now. Our 2012 Cabernets promise to steal your heart.

Nickel & Nickel Futures

Click here to view the invitation to this event, or for more information call us at (707) 967-9600 or email information@nickelandnickel.com.

 

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Vineyard Profile: State Ranch Cabernet Flavor Profile

on January 29, 2013

We’re continuing our profile of the State Ranch vineyard with notes from our winemaker on this Cabernet Sauvignon’s flavor profile. For previous posts on this vineyard, visit here and here.

Darice Spinelli points to several factors that make State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon the single-vineyard wine we know and love:

1. The fruit from this vineyard is one of the last to come in each harvest, and that longer hang time leads to the darker fruit profile in the finished wine. (Contrast with C.C. Ranch’s red fruit flavors.)

2. The Yountville climate is similar to the Oakville climate, which brings richness and structure to State Ranch Cabernet.

3. A combination of clones (Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 and 4) add complexity to the wine.

If you are new to State Ranch Cabernet—or even if you’re a long-time fan—look for those dark, jammy flavors with a touch of minerality and rich, big structure. This is truly a wine to savor!

To read more about this wine, click here, and to purchase the 2009 vintage, click here.

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Wine Club Shipments: A New Look

on January 28, 2013

Have you noticed the change? With each wine club shipment we send out, we’ve always enclosed a letter from Dirk Hampson or from Larry Maguire and complete wine notes.

Well, beginning with our first club shipment this year for the Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Club, we are introducing re-designed materials. We’re still sending you the letter and full wine notes, but we’re also adding a recipe to pair with one of the wines and beautiful photographs from our home. Each shipment enclosure is tailored to your wine club.

Those of you who are members of the Single-Vineyard Club have already received this new enclosure. Take a look and let us know what you think: information@nickelandnickel.com. For our Club Cabernet and Dolce Far Niente Society members, keep an eye out for these next month.

Club Cab

We will also have an online version of these booklets available on our wine club shipment page, so you can refer to them, print or share with friends. Take a look at the Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Club booklet here. (The link is under Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Club and reads “View Brochure.”)

We hope you enjoy the new look and find the information useful.

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