2015 Nickel & Nickel
C.C. Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford, Napa Valley


At a Glance

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


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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

September 3 – 10, 2015

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

11 – 14 days

Aging

17 months in French oak

  • 52% new
  • 48% once-used

Release Date

August 2018

First Vintage

2005

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

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.

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.