2011 Nickel & Nickel
C.C. Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2011 C.C. Ranch has some of the brightest fruit from the entire vintage. Aromas of red fruit lead to juicy cherry and berry flavors, harmonized with the earthiness from the Rutherford area and a slight floral note. The oak chosen for this vineyard offers a lot of vanilla and spice, rounding out the jammy fruit impressions. The texture is soft and silky, readily approachable, with gentle tannins that make this wine desirable upon release.


Gravelly loam soil from C.C. Ranch


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Rutherford, Napa Valley

Years Planted

2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 7, 8, 15, 337 and 685 on two rootstocks:

  • 101-14
  • 3309C

Acreage

15 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

C.C. Ranch is planted on a fine, well-drained, gravelly loam soil made up of a combination of the Bale, Cole and Yolo soil series. The soil in Nickel & Nickel’s blocks is slightly sloped toward the west, and is a bit rocky, adding to the site’s drainage.

Vineyard
Description

C.C. Ranch is planted in Rutherford, along the slope of a knoll west of the Silverado Trail. The vineyard grows classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon on well-drained, gravelly loam soil and receives a variety of exposures, depending on the block and location. The vines are well balanced and the canopy is opened up to give good light exposure. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from 15 select acres of this 115-acre vineyard.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Rutherford, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 10 – 14,  2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

8 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 46% new
  • 54% once-used

Release Date

September 2014

First Vintage

2005

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

In 2011, cloud cover in the winter and early spring delayed the year’s growing season, but above average rainfall filled the reservoirs. Bloom this year occurred in June, which is the latest on record. Given that this vineyard is in Rutherford, it experienced slightly more heat than further south and the vineyard exposure allowed the flavors to develop. We harvested in early October—one of the first vineyards we harvested this year.

The 2011 C.C. Ranch has some of the brightest fruit from the entire vintage. Aromas of red fruit lead to juicy cherry and berry flavors, harmonized with the earthiness from the Rutherford area and a slight floral note. The oak chosen for this vineyard offers a lot of vanilla and spice, rounding out the jammy fruit impressions. The texture is soft and silky, readily approachable, with gentle tannins that make this wine desirable upon release.