C.C. Ranch Napa Valley Cabernet has been in our portfolio since 2005. Tasted in April this year, Winemaker Darice Spinelli noted that this Rutherford wine is a bit darker compared to previous vintages due to the extra tank time. She says the wine exhibits a beautiful blend of red and black cherry fruits, hints of Rutherford Dust and a rich core of tannin that adds depth to the wine. As this wine ages in the barrel, it will harmonize and gain complexity from the oak, adding opulence upon release.
Harvest 2012 may be in the past, but it is anything but forgotten as we begin to offer our 2012 Napa Cabernet Futures to Nickel & Nickel fans. This is video a fun look back on a harvest season that brought us an abundance of quality fruit which, now in barrel, display all the characteristics of an excellent vintage.
2012 was the kind of vintage winemakers dream about. Conditions were nearly ideal from bud break through harvest, including warm, summer days and cool, foggy nights – just the right elements for nurturing a vintage of incredible quality, and this year, one of ample proportions. Such an occurrence is rare and we are excited to share our 2012 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Futures with you this spring.
We kept the wines in tanks a bit longer than usual, developing rich and generous profiles that will age to perfection. Plush, ripe fruit and juicy tannins are prevalent throughout. Each vineyard expression is at its youthful peak this time of year before settling down into the aging process, so this is the perfect opportunity to barrel taste. Although the wines are young, look for the flavors that appeal to your palate, as that is ultimately what will be most enjoyable about these wines once they are bottled and delivered to you.