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Your Summer Visit

on June 2, 2014

Nickel & Nickel

Maybe you’ve driven by Nickel & Nickel on Highway 29 and have never visited. Or maybe you make sure you do stop in for a tour and tasting each time you’re in the Napa Valley. Either way, we hope we will see you this summer!

Here are some tips for making the most of your visit:

Plan Ahead

Hotel, spa and dining reservations can fill up quickly during the late spring and summer months, and the same is true for tour and tasting appointments at Nickel & Nickel. As soon as you know you’re heading our way, please give us a call at (707) 967-9600 or make your reservation online. Weekends and holidays, and even weekdays, can book as much as 6 weeks out—and sometimes more.

The Wine Club Advantage

Our wine club members enjoy many benefits, including wine shipments, invitations to winery events and savings on wine purchases. They also receive complimentary tours and tastings, up to a party of four and with advance reservation, at both Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel properties. Take a look at our wine club offerings and see if any fit your tastes!

Get Ready to Taste!

Visits to the winery include a tour through the property and winemaking facilities followed by a seated tasting. If you love Napa Valley Cabernets, this tasting is special treat as you will taste four Single-Vineyard Cabernets from highly regarded Napa Valley AVAs. Each of the single-vineyard, 100 percent varietal Cabernets will be from the same vintage, allowing you to taste the unique qualities presented by each vineyard site.

Wines offered at the tasting change often, but right now we are pouring:

2011 Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

2011 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, Napa Valley

We look forward to seeing you!

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This Weekend: Taste of Yountville

on March 14, 2014

Just a few miles south of us on Highway 29 is the small town of Yountville. Filled with world class restaurants, casual eateries and cafes, boutique hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, the place makes us locals wish we were on vacation. We have the pleasure of working with several incredible Yountville restaurants, and our State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is grown right outside town.

If you are in Napa Valley this weekend be sure to get to Taste of Yountville—an annual event that draws hundreds to this food, wine and art-centered celebration. The event begins this afternoon with an art show reception and the main event is on Saturday. To learn more, visit the Taste of Yountville website.

State RanchOur State Ranch vineyard in Yountville, showing signs of spring with lush cover crops (including mustard) and bud break!

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Meet Our 2010 Single-Vineyard Cabernets

on September 2, 2013

We officially released our 2010 Nickel & Nickel Single-Vineyard Cabernets in August to an appreciative crowd.

2010 Nickel & Nickel Cabernets

Winemaker Darice Spinelli describes the 2010 Cabernets as showing ripe fruit, with polished tannins and a nice integration of oak. The wines strike a nice balance of being approachable now, but able to evolve beautifully in bottle.

To learn more about these wines, visit our portfolio or you may acquire your favorites among the vintage online here.

Guests on our tours and tastings have the opportunity to taste several of these 2010 Cabs side by side. We’re currently pouring:

2010 Nickel & Nickel C. C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch, Yountville, Napa Valley

2010 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley

We are in one of our busiest seasons of the year, so please call well in advance of your planned visit. The wines presented on tours and tastings change every few weeks. We look forward to seeing you!

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Are You Ready for 2010 Nickel & Nickel Cabernets?

on June 27, 2013

We are fast approaching our favorite time of year: the release our newest vintage of Single-Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernets. Each year our August Cabernet Release event draws friends and fans from across the country, eager to be among the first to taste these wines.

Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day

Guests enjoying 2009 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet at last year’s release party.

This year we are excited to present 12 Single-Vineyard Cabernets. From small bottlings (like Dragonfly Vineyard or Martin Stelling Vineyard) to vineyards with slightly more production (like State Ranch or Sullenger Vineyard), these wines are beautiful expressions of their vineyard sites.

For more information and to RSVP for this event, click here. We look forward to seeing you!

Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Day

Whether you are able to attend or not, you’re invited to follow our Cabernet Release Day fun by using the hashtag #NNCabDay. Feel free to tag your own posts or pics!

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Vineyard Profile: State Ranch Cabernet Flavor Profile

on January 29, 2013

We’re continuing our profile of the State Ranch vineyard with notes from our winemaker on this Cabernet Sauvignon’s flavor profile. For previous posts on this vineyard, visit here and here.

Darice Spinelli points to several factors that make State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon the single-vineyard wine we know and love:

1. The fruit from this vineyard is one of the last to come in each harvest, and that longer hang time leads to the darker fruit profile in the finished wine. (Contrast with C.C. Ranch’s red fruit flavors.)

2. The Yountville climate is similar to the Oakville climate, which brings richness and structure to State Ranch Cabernet.

3. A combination of clones (Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 and 4) add complexity to the wine.

If you are new to State Ranch Cabernet—or even if you’re a long-time fan—look for those dark, jammy flavors with a touch of minerality and rich, big structure. This is truly a wine to savor!

To read more about this wine, click here, and to purchase the 2009 vintage, click here.

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