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The Key to Tasting Cabernet Wine Futures

on June 10, 2016


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.


Learn More about our Cabernet Futures Program.


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:



2014 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernet Futures Update

on March 17, 2016


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…)


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

on September 1, 2015


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. (more…)


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.



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.