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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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Coming Up: 2013 Cabernet Futures!

on April 30, 2014

One of our favorite events of the year is right around the corner: Cabernet Barrel Tasting and Futures Offering! Learn more about our May 17 event featuring 15 single-vineyard Napa Cabernets right here on our Futures blog.

Cabernet FuturesBarrels at the ready! A bird’s eye view of two Cabernet Futures poured last year.

 

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Nickel & Nickel Harvest 2013

on October 15, 2013

“Harvest is a many splendored thing,” as the saying goes. Well, maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but if you take a look at the videos below, you’ll see that harvest is truly a labor of skill–and love.

In our first video, Winemaker Darice Spinelli shares an overview of the 2013 harvest:

Here Darice demonstrates how our optical sorter adds a new layer of precision after hand sorting the fruit:

Darice shows a drain and press on a tank of 2013 Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet:

Take a look at fermentations in our open-top tanks–and hear what Darice has to say about tannin this year:

You won’t want to miss our 2014 Futures barrel tasting event, which will feature our 2013 Single-Vineyard Cabernets. Stay-tuned–the date will be announced in December. Learn more about our Futures program here.

 

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Late Spring Events at Nickel & Nickel

on June 12, 2013

I may have said this last year about this time but I’m going to say it again: I am amazed how alive the valley is during May and June. I know Napa Valley Wine Auction has a lot to do with it—that weekend alone brings in people from all over the world. Nickel & Nickel and Far Niente also have some great events during these months, including the Nickel & Nickel Futures Barrel Tasting is always has a good showing.

We replanted both of our gardens two weeks ago to summer vegetables and we are already reaping the bounty of our labor. We’ll showcase our wines and garden through the summer at our private and winery events. This week’s excitement is Bacchanalia—an extravagant wine club dinner we hold at Nickel & Nickel in the barrel cellar. We will serve a five-course dinner paired with rare, library wines. It’s shaping up to be a great party!

Lamborghini at Nickel & Nickel

 It was a treat to have Lamborghini at Nickel & Nickel during Auction Napa Valley!

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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.

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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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