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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

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Hedging Season

on June 21, 2013

We’re hedging our rows in Sullenger Vineyard right now to not only make the vineyard neat and tidy but to help the vines send energy to what will soon be beautiful clusters of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sullenger hedging

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A Great Start to 2013 Sullenger Vineyard Oakville Cabernet

on May 16, 2013

Good news for those of you who are fans of our the John C. Sullenger Vineyard Napa Cabernet: the 2013 vintage has a beautiful start! A picture and brief report from Viticulturist Aaron Fishleder: 

Sullenger bloom

Bloom is well under way, and our crop is setting for the year. It all looks great!

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John C. Sullenger Vineyard: Characteristics of the Wine

on December 21, 2012

We’ve given insight to the unique aspects of this vineyard, those which contribute to the single-vineyard Cabernet that only this vineyard can produce. (For the previous posts see here and here.) Today, Winemaker Darice Spinelli describes the characteristics which define the John C. Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon.

Darice Spinelli

For me, Sullenger is about the beautiful fruit and coating palate feel. The wine has a rich texture, beautiful Oakville tannins and a lot of complexity. There is opulent fruit with earthy notes and a coating middle palate that leads into a long finish. Truly, it’s the complexity and layering that are the Sullenger signature.

What lends to those characteristics? It’s the vineyard. I cannot create Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet here. So that’s true terroir. It’s the sun, the climate, the soil, the rootstock, the vine—the combination of all these things creates the overall character of this wine. The flavors themselves are the expression of this vineyard.

To enjoy the last of the 2009 Sullenger Cabernet, click here

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John C. Sullenger Vineyard: A Closer Look

on December 14, 2012

You may be familiar with our home vineyard, the John C. Sullenger Vineyard, and we hope you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy our Cabernet Sauvignon from this Oakville vineyard. But you may not know what it is, exactly, about this vineyard that sets it apart from other vineyards in our collection.

By location alone, Sullenger is distinct from other Nickel & Nickel vineyards. “Sullenger is positioned in the center of the Napa Valley, whereas most other Nickel & Nickel vineyards are on the eastern or western sides of the valley,” says Viticulturist Aaron Fishleder. This site on the valley floor offers plenty of sunlight and uniform soils that promote consistent vine growth.

Sullenger is also the vineyard that has shown the biggest changes since we began farming it. When we purchased the property in 1998, the vines were big and leafy, shading the clusters. With careful pruning, canopy management, drainage and replanting over the years with the optimal combination of clones and rootstock, Sullenger has really come into its own and is producing fruit at a very high level.

Because of the vineyard’s location and soil type, we don’t irrigate this vineyard much, which promotes moderate vine growth, giving John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that great, concentrated flavor we know so well.

Take a look at our recent harvest video, which compares Sullenger Vineyard with the hillside Quarry Vineyard in Rutherford.

Sullenger

The 2009 Nickel & Nickel John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely limited this year and will sell out soon. Click here to acquire the last of this vintage.

And click here for the previous post about the John C. Sullenger Vineyard, which includes an aerial photograph of the vineyard site.

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