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2013 Single-Vineyard Cabernet Vintage Report

on September 19, 2016

 “In my 23 years as a winemaker, I have never produced Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons with as much color and power as the 2013 Nickel & Nickel lineup delivers.” Winemaker Darice Spinelli

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Although our wine club members had early access to these powerful wines, we are beyond excited to announce the official release of our 2013 Nickel and Nickel Single Vineyard Cabernet Collection. Some of the wines feel like velvet, while others possess a full-bodied hillside intensity. They’re rich, expressive and drinking beautifully now. At the same time, if you’re looking for a vintage to cellar this is it.

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A Red-Carpet Day for Napa Valley Cabernet

on August 1, 2016

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 If there was ever a Napa Valley Cabernet vintage to roll out the red carpet for, the 2013 was it! Even before our Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons were bottled, we were able to taste the depth and richness of these stars in the making.

When we introduced the new release during Saturday’s annual Cabernet Day event, the wines were expressive, textured and just plain delicious. Some felt like velvet, while others showed a full-bodied hillside intensity. We loved sharing the full lineup with our wine club members and their guests.

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The Key to Tasting Cabernet Wine Futures

on June 10, 2016

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Have you ever wondered what, exactly, are Wine Futures?

Buying Futures refers to purchasing wine that is still maturing in barrel. In France, this more than 200-year old practice is known as en primeur, which literally translates to, as being new.

In California, offering Wine Futures is a relatively recent development, and in Napa Valley, it is Cabernet Futures on which most winemakers set their sights. At Nickel & Nickel, our Cabernet Futures Program is all about 100%-varietal, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the Napa Valley’s most exciting regions: from Yountville and the Stags Leap District to Oakville, Rutherford, Diamond Mountain and more. And, each year, we invite our wine club members and past Futures buyers to come out and be the first to taste the newest vintage, straight out of barrel.

 

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Barrel tastings are unique opportunity to glimpse a wine in its earliest stages of maturation, however, we’re often asked what, exactly, should you look for during a Napa Valley Cabernet barrel tasting? And how do you know if the still developing wine will be any good? During our own Cabernet Futures event, which takes place every spring, Winemaker Darice Spinelli always offers one essential tasting tip: Give your wine a lot of air. “You can really open up a young barrel selection just by giving it some extended time in your glass and a good, strong swirl.

 

After offering her one essential tip, Darice then asks two key questions:

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2014 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Futures Update

on March 17, 2016

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Each spring, we introduce a new vintage of Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Futures during our annual Futures Barrel Tasting. It’s a lively celebration, as well as a unique opportunity to taste our Single-Vineyard Cabernets while they are still in barrel and reserve some of our most acclaimed (and limited production) wines before they are bottled.

Learn more about our Cabernet Futures Program.

When we tasted the 2014 vintage at last spring’s barrel tasting, it was already showing bright young fruit, yielding tannins and a wonderful richness on the midpalate. We couldn’t believe how well integrated and approachable the wine already seemed to be.

We checked in with Winemaker Darice Spinelli to see how they’re doing now. Her 2014 Cabernet Futures update is below!  (more…)

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A Taste of Napa Valley, at Home: The Estate Collection Dinner Party

on November 10, 2015

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The Estate Collection holds a special place in our hearts. A little bit Russian River, a whole lotta Napa Valley, it’s a small taste of what we grow and make, from our family of wineries. Inspired by the wines in this classic four-bottle boxed set, Executive Chef Trevor Eliason created this festive four-course menu, recipes included. Full of rich autumn favorites, it’s perfect for a hungry table of six (although the hearty recipes could easily be stretched to accommodate eight)!

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