March 2020

Dear Single Vineyard Enthusiast, The valley floor is green from the late winter rains, golden mustard is already shooting up between the vineyard row. We just finished bottling the first 2018 Cabernets, and we're preparing our 2019 vintage for this year's Cabernet Barrel Tasting event. The transition from winter to spring is always lively and inspiring, both in the vineyard and winery. As we patiently wait for the first glimpse of budbreak among our vines, we're excited to share four exceptional single-vineyard wines with you. The second vintage from Kenefick Ranch—a palate-filling Calistoga star—is among your spring selections, along with the fragrant, powerful, and extremely limited Beatty Ranch Cabernet from Howell Mountain's high-elevation soils. Our Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet, with its bright pop of red fruit, and the darker Darien Vineyard Syrah round out your shipment. They each engage the senses in unique ways, and we hope you find them as delicious as we do. Cheers,

Joe Harden
Nickel & Nickel Winemaker


March 2020

Dear Single Vineyard Enthusiast, The valley floor is green from the late winter rains, golden mustard is already shooting up between the vineyard row. We just finished bottling the first 2018 Cabernets, and we're preparing our 2019 vintage for this year's Cabernet Barrel Tasting event. The transition from winter to spring is always lively and inspiring, both in the vineyard and winery. As we patiently wait for the first glimpse of budbreak among our vines, we're excited to share four exceptional single-vineyard wines with you. The second vintage from Kenefick Ranch—a palate-filling Calistoga star—is among your spring selections, along with the fragrant, powerful, and extremely limited Beatty Ranch Cabernet from Howell Mountain's high-elevation soils. Our Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet, with its bright pop of red fruit, and the darker Darien Vineyard Syrah round out your shipment. They each engage the senses in unique ways, and we hope you find them as delicious as we do. Cheers,

Joe Harden
Nickel & Nickel Winemaker


2017 Nickel & Nickel
Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Vineyard Description

Located atop Howell Mountain, Beatty Ranch typically gets to enjoy the warmth of the sun when summer fog lines the valley floor. While the fruit ripens easily, we must wait for mature tannins to emerge. The red, rocky soils are ideal for producing moderatesized vines, and this vineyard is comprised of four different clones that each provide a unique flavor profile to the overall wine.

Sensory Evaluation

An intriguing assortment of herbal notes (ranging from watermelon rind to black olive) and dark ripe fruits like boysenberry, cherry and plum contribute to a dynamic expression of flavors in the 2017 Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine enters the palate with a vibrant acidity and purity of fruit, giving way to structured tannins and underpinnings of toasty oak.


Appellation

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging

16 Months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once–used

Harvest Date

October 12, 2017

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson


2017 Nickel & Nickel
Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Calistoga, Napa Valley

Vineyard Description

Planted on well-drained, alluvial soils at the base of Calistoga’s Eastern hills, Kenefick Ranch produces vines of moderate vigor that yield loose clusters with small, concentrated berries. The loamy soil, western exposure and the warmer upper valley climate of this westward-facing vineyard helps us achieve optimal phenolic ripeness. The resulting wines consistently offer a mouthwatering combination of boysenberry and black cherry aromas with fresh fruit flavors that expand and coat the palate, along with density, layers of texture and a juicy finish.

Sensory Evaluation

The 2017 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with rich cherry, blueberry and plum fruit flavors. Subtle mineral notes support the fruit, along with a vibrant natural acidity. Supple and round tannins carry through to a luxurious finish, while excellent texture and structure promise a wine that will be enjoyed for many years to come.


Appellation

Calistoga, Napa Valley

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging

16 Months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Harvest Dates

September 22 – 23, 2017

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson


2017 Nickel & Nickel
Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford, Napa Valley

Vineyard Description

The Quicksilver Vineyard lies on the western Rutherford bench, in the acclaimed area on Bella Oaks Lane. The soils are predominantly well drained loams that produce vines of moderate size. These older vines were planted to the California sprawl system, with wider spacing and a divided canopy, giving great exposure to the fruit. Minimal irrigation is needed to obtain maximum fruit potential.

Sensory Evaluation

With its graceful aromatics accented by notes of fresh raspberry, Bing cherry and the slightest hint of Herbs de Provence, the 2017 Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the epitome of elegance. Fresh red berry flavors fill the palate, and silky—almost delicate—tannins carry the wine into a beautiful finish.


Appellation

Rutherford, Napa Valley

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Harvest Dates

October 2 – 8, 2017

Director of Winemaking

Dirk Hampson


2017 Nickel & Nickel
Darien Vineyard Syrah

Russian River Valley

Vineyard Description

Tucked into the gently rolling hills of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, Darien Vineyard enjoys a moderate climate and well-drained, loamy soils. The Syrah vines were planted in 2000 and 2001, and benefit from cool, foggy mornings that give way to warm afternoon sun from the southeast, allowing the exposed fruit to ripen evenly. The clusters tend to be fairly long in size and tightly packed. There are two different clones planted in the vineyard, each contributing its own unique flavors to the wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from three-and three- quarter acres of the 25-acre vineyard.

Sensory Evaluation

Powerful and intense, the 2017 Darien Syrah seduces with its earthy aromatics. Captivating flavors of fresh picked wild berries and crisp plum unfold on the palate alongside wet earth, cigar, toasted nuts, and forest floor. Rich flavor with supple tannins make this wine complex yet approachable.


Appellation

Russian River Valley

Varietal

100% Syrah

Aging

14 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Harvest Date

September 27, 2017

Winemaker

Joe Harden

Director of Winemaking

Andrew Delos

Additional Notes