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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!
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.
“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.
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.
on August 5, 2015
A brief moment of pause for Chef Trevor Eliason,
during this year’s Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day.
After cooking up mouthwatering menus for our Nickel & Nickel Cabernet release events for almost a decade, Chef Trevor Eliason has come to know the crowd favorites. For us, each event is a chance to showcase exciting new dishes to pair with our single vineyard wines. Over the years, however, our members and guests have come to have a few clear favorites. Chef Trevor clued us in to our Members’ Top Three, and suggested his favorite Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons to open and enjoy with each.
on February 11, 2015
Thanks to all who attended our Nickel & Nickel Winter Open House last weekend! The fantastic crowd definitely kept things lively under overcast skies. The Napa Valley was drenched this past week with much needed rain, but the water-laden clouds spared us for the day and we entertained a full house. While Nickel & Nickel staff graciously poured our single-vineyard wines in our Fermentation Barns, Chef Trevor Eliason replenished the tables in the lounge area with cheese and charcuterie to keep palates interesting.
Chef Trevor has provided us with suggestions for compiling your own spreads for a lovely cheese, charcuterie and wine experience at home. Keep in mind – everyone’s tastes are different, and the fun is in discovering how the food interacts with the wine on your palate.
Age Matters: Go for aged cheeses with wonderfully concentrated flavors. At Open House, we served the Beemster Gouda, aged 18 months and 24 months.
Waxed vs. Washed: We typically recommend a waxed-rind cheese for wine pairing purposes – washed-rind cheese tends to be too ripe.
Salt Content: Look for something not too salty, so as to not interfere with the flavors of the wine. A good, balanced cheese we like to serve at events is Highway-1.
Cow, Sheep, Goat?: Local cow and sheep cheese is safe bet when attempting to pair with wine; goat cheese is not always wine-friendly. However, there are exceptions to the rule – we do offer Cypress Grove Midnight Moon Chèvre with Nickel & Nickel wines.
Texture: We select thinly sliced meats instead of sausages, terrines and rillettes – think Proscuitto or Bresaola. This form of charcuterie offers a nice melt-in-your-mouth texture that is fantastic with wine.
Salty or Spicy?: Salty, fatty charcuterie goes great with our Nickel & Nickel Cabernets. Hot and spicy meats are not the best complement to our wines, but if you’re looking for something with a little bite, try a Mortadella with peppercorns.
Befriend the Butcher: It’s always great to support your local businesses. If you’re looking for charcuterie, chat with your butcher and ask if you can taste a selection of meats before you purchase. Try a combination of three different meats, like beef, pork and duck, and see what jumps out at you.
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.