Tag Archives: Russian River Valley
on August 17, 2016
What’s so remarkable about the Nickel & Nickel Medina Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley? When we host tastings and winemaker dinners, we often hear this question asked about a specific single-vineyard Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon in our portfolio. At Nickel & Nickel we passionately seek out extraordinary vineyards, vineyards that not only produce exceptional fruit, but are also uniquely expressive of their AVA. When we find those sites, we farm them with precision, giving each exactly what it needs to achieve the purest expression of its place.
It’s a hands-on process, and the wines that result are truly one-of-a-kind.
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! (more…)
on March 22, 2013
This recipe from Executive Chef Trevor Eliason pairs delightfully with friends, family and 2011 Nickel & Nickel Stiling Vineyard Chardonnay. Members of our Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Club will recognize this recipe from their March wine club shipment inserts. (Click here to view the online version of this brochure.)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground mustard seed
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
2 tablespoons butter
4 medium leeks, whites only, diced
3 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, quartered, then thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
½–1 cup heavy cream
4 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ pound rock shrimp
Combine all spices in a small bowl to make the seasoning salt. Mix well. Place the rock shrimp in another small bowl and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the salt mixture. Mix gently. Reserve the remaining seasoning salt in a small, air-tight container and keep it with your spices. Cover the shrimp and place in the refrigerator until needed.
In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, add the 2 tablespoons of butter and diced leeks. Cook on low for 20 minutes, or until the leeks are soft. Add the potatoes and cover with chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer for another 20 minutes, or until
the potatoes are very tender. Add the cream and remove from heat.
Working in batches, carefully pour into your blender, filling only half way each time. Start on a low setting then move to high and purée the soup for one minute. Be careful not to blend the soup for too long as it will become gluey. Continue this process until all the
soup is puréed. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Place soup back into a clean soup pot and reheat when guest arrive. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a medium sauté pan at medium-high heat. Add rock shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Stir and cook for another 1–2 minutes.
For appetizers, pour hot soup into a pitcher then into shot glasses. Place one rock shrimp on top to garnish. For a first course, fill heated bowl with soup and garnish with 5 rock shrimp, or a sorrel leaf, for a non-seafood garnish.
on February 22, 2013
Each spring we release our newest vintages of Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot, and this year we’re delighted to introduce a new Chardonnay to our collection: Nickel & Nickel Stiling Vineyard Chardonnay.
Stiling Vineyard Chardonnay, like our Medina Vineyard Chardonnay, is from the Russian River Valley, where foggy, cool ocean influences combined with the soils produce Chardonnays with a special minerality that can only be Russian River Valley. If you attended our February 2 Open House, you tasted this wine after checking in.
We will be talking with our viticulturist about characteristics of this vineyard and checking in with Winemaker Darice Spinelli to get her impressions of this wine. In the meantime, this Chardonnay is available to you in our online store—a wonderful way to toast the coming spring.
on September 10, 2012
The 2010 EnRoute Pinot Noir, just the fourth vintage from EnRoute, is following the trend set by previous vintages and is slated to sell out by the end of the year. The wine, made from choice vineyards in the Russian River Valley, has truly been a pleasure to introduce to friends across the country.
Take a look in your cellar, and if you could use a few more bottles, now would be a great time make your purchase. Once the 2010 vintage is sold out, our 2011 offering won’t release until March. To obtain the 2010 EnRoute Pinot Noir, you may order online or call (707) 967-9600.
Meanwhile, crews are harvesting the 2012 EnRoute Pinot Noir, growing in vineyards located in the Green Valley, Upper Middle Reach and Sebastopol Hills areas of the Russian River Valley. Winemaker Andrew Delos expects the vineyards will “provide beautiful black fruit flavors and mineral, earth and spice elements that will add layers, nuance and complexity to the wine.”