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Vineyard Profile: John C. Sullenger Vineyard

on December 6, 2012

If you’’ve visited Nickel & Nickel winery–and we hope you have–you’’ve seen the John C. Sullenger vineyard wrapping the southern and eastern sides of the winery property located in the heart of the Oakville AVA. The Napa River provides a natural border to the vineyard’’s eastern edge. Named for the man who settled on the property in the 1880s, the vineyard has 30 acres planted solely to Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Sullenger House at the turn of the century

The vineyard is located at the tip of a alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains on the eastern side of Napa Valley. The soils are a mixture of fluvial deposits and clay loam from the Bale loam series. Expertly farmed by our Vinescape vineyard management crew, Sullenger produces healthy vines, and as each harvest approaches, Winemaker Darice Spinelli has the convenience of walking right out the door to sample fruit and bring it back to the lab for analysis.

An aerial view of John C. Sullenger Vineyard, looking northwest, up the valley

Next week, we talk with Viticulturist Aaron Fishleder for his take on what makes Sullenger Vineyard unique.

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Coming Soon: Single-Vineyard Profiles

on November 30, 2012

Like us, you’re passionate about single-vineyard wines. Well, we’re excited to announce that in December we will be kicking off a series of Nickel & Nickel vineyard profiles, going “in depth” behind your favorite wines–and maybe wines you haven’t enjoyed yet. We’ll dedicate each month to a vineyard, with several posts focusing on different aspects: geography, viticulture and characteristics of the wine produced. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to taste some of the wines resting in your cellar–or maybe you’ll branch out and try something new!

First up, our home vineyard: John C. Sullenger Vineyard, which surrounds the Nickel & Nickel winery, pictured below.

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The Fine Art of Giving Fine Wine

on November 12, 2012

A gift of wine is one of the best ways to say thank you to your host or hostess, and our online gift catalog features several gift ideas that will delight anyone at the Thanksgiving table.

The Single-Vineyard Trio package is perfect for Cabernet lovers and features three bottles of single-vineyard wine from three heralded AVAs: 2009 C.C. Ranch Cabernet from Rutherford, 2009 Sullenger Cabernet from Oakville, and 2009 State Ranch Cabernet from Yountville.

For a gift package that will complement each course in a meal, consider Cheers, which contains the 2009 State Ranch Cabernet, 2010 Truchard Chardonnay and 2007 Dolce.

It doesn’t stop there—the catalog is filled with wine gift ideas sure to delight all the aficionados on your list. Each gift package is linked for easy online ordering, or for personal assistance call Nickel & Nickel at (707) 967-9600.

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Sullenger Cabernet and Basil Crusted Rabbit

on September 10, 2012

If you’re like us, you love a fine dish paired with a fine wine. This ambitious recipe from Auberge du Soleil’s Executive Chef Robert Curry has just the right depth of flavor to stand up to the herb and spice in the compelling 2009 John C. Sullenger Cabernet. Enjoy!

Basil Crusted Rabbit, Wild Mushroom Ragout,
Sweet Garlic Cream 
and Mille-Feuille

From Auberge du Soleil Executive Chef Robert Curry

Click here for a printable pdf

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