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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!


Planning Your Nickel & Nickel Visit

on April 2, 2015

Is Napa Valley in your future? We hope you’ll add Nickel & Nickel to your itinerary. Here’s what you need to know about your visit:

Plan Ahead
With all the wonderful weather we’ve been enjoying, the high season seems to have already begun this year. We highly recommend early planning for all your Napa Valley destinations, from lodging to winery visits and dining.

Like many wineries, Nickel & Nickel is by appointment only, and we recommend booking your appointment as soon as your plans solidify. As the season gets underway, we often schedule visits 6 weeks out and holiday weekends fill quickly.

Schedule Your Visit
So you’ve got some dates in mind? Check out our visit page for information on tours and tastings at Nickel & Nickel. From there, you can book your appointment online at the “Make a Reservation” link, or give us a call at (707) 967-9600 and we’ll set you up!

(Special note: Wine club members’ tasting fees are waived, up to a party of four.)

Get Ready to Enjoy a Single-Vineyard Experience!
On your Nickel & Nickel visit, you’ll learn about our dedication to single-vineyard wines and how that touches everything we do, from our hospitality in the Sullenger House to the enology lab in the 18th-century Gleason Barn to the fermentation barns. Next, you’ll taste through a selection of our Napa Valley single-vineyard Cabernets—a true tour of Napa Valley geography and geology!

We look forward to greeting you soon at the winery. Another way to connect with us is through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Nickel & Nickel Sullenger House


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!


Nickel & Nickel Winter Open House

on February 11, 2014

By now you’ve likely heard the great news: Napa Valley received inches of much-needed rain recently–more rain in three days than we had received in all of 2013! So there was an extra dose of celebration in the air at our Winter Open House as we toasted good wine, good company and great, rainy weather.

We poured a selection of seven single-vineyard wines. Some, like the Chardonnays and a Merlot, were new releases; some were current releases (two 2010 Cabernets); and some were plucked from the cellar (the 2009 Quarry Vineyard and 2008 Tench Vineyard Cabs). Here’s what we lined up:

2012 Nickel & Nickel Stiling Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

2012 Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel Copper Streak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

2009 Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

2008 Nickel & Nickel Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley

(Explore all of our wines on our new online wine shop here.)

In case you missed the event, live vicariously through a selection of Instagram photos from some lucky people who were there. And if you haven’t already, take a look at our Facebook album.


Nickel & Nickel’s Giant Pumpkin

on October 29, 2013

It’s the season for pumpkins! You may have picked up a few for decorations—or, if you’re an enterprising cook, perhaps you plan to use fresh pumpkin in holiday recipes (take a look at Chef Trevor’s recipe for pumpkin cheesecake).

You’ve probably seen giant pumpkins at fairs. (A Napa man recently won big with his giant pumpkins at several competitions.) Well, Javier, a gardener at Nickel & Nickel, decided to try his hand at this large squash—and he grew a real heavyweight!

Nickel & Nickel Pumpkin

Javier says he got started a little late this year; if he’d started in April, this pumpkin would be even larger!

Are you carving up jack-o’-lanterns or did you plant your very own pumpkin patch this year? Big pumpkins or little, we want to see them! Email your pics to by November 4 and we’ll include your prize pumpkins in our next newsletter.