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The 2015 C.C. Ranch pushes the edge of ripeness yet retains the juiciness one expects from the Rutherford AVA. Concentrated red raspberry and cherry flavors blend beautifully with subtle notes of baking spice and dust. The oak is in harmony with the fruit, adding yet another dimension, while a balanced acidity livens the wine. Resolved but present tannins will allow this elegant Cabernet to cellar beautifully for many years to come.
Bale, Cole and Yolo soil series from C.C. Ranch
Rutherford, Napa Valley
2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 7, 8, 15, 337 and 685 on two rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
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.
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.
September 3 – 10, 2015
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
11 – 14 days
17 months in French oak
This vineyard’s entire growing cycle tends to be early, so we were watching the blocks closely to see what the season would bring. Cross-arm trellising helped spread the canopy and provide protection for the fruit, allowing for speckled light. The summer months were moderate yet the lighter fruit load ripened quickly. We picked this vineyard on our first day of harvest, then continued to harvest the other five blocks over the next seven days. The various clones in this vineyard offer different flavors that ultimately come together to make this wine’s superior expression.