2011 Nickel & Nickel
State Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon

Yountville, Napa Valley


At a Glance

The 2011 State Ranch Cabernet has a beautiful garnet color with bright, enticing aromas and flavors. Juicy berry fruits, chocolate, vanilla, dried herb and char blend together in harmony on a soft, velvety texture. The tannins are incredibly supple and long, adding to the warmth and elegance of the wine.


Bale clay loam soil from State Ranch


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Yountville, Napa Valley

Year Planted

1990 and 2005

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 and 4 on 101-14 rootstock

Acreage

14.5 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

State Ranch is planted on well-drained Bale clay loam.

Vineyard
Description

State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyard is divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older and younger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part due to the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. The vines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sun throughout the day. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 14.5 acres of the vineyard.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Yountville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates

October 19 – 20, 2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

7 – 10 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 54% new
  • 46% once-used

Release Date

September 2014

First Vintage

2006

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. We farmed the vineyard as we normally do, opening up the canopy to offer speckled light without exposing the fruit to sunburn. A cool summer without any real heat spikes offered a slow ripening period, and the fruit looked beautiful on the vines. Without the extra heat, sugar levels remained low, but flavors developed nicely and we harvested the entire vineyard in mid-October when flavor and tannin development peaked.

The 2011 State Ranch Cabernet has a beautiful garnet color with bright, enticing aromas and flavors. Juicy berry fruits, chocolate, vanilla, dried herb and char blend together in harmony on a soft, velvety texture. The tannins are incredibly supple and long, adding to the warmth and elegance of the wine.