Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013C.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.
Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011The 2011 Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of berry, vanilla and spice. On the palate, a nice combination of cherry and wild berry fruit is married with an enchanting mix of vanilla and herb. Toasty oak adds an intriguing nuance to the flavors, while the texture is round and soft. This wine is remarkably balanced and shows beautifully, even in its youth.
Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2013Characteristic of Oakville, this Merlot has a nice core of raspberry fruit, combined with notes of earth and spice. The sweet, toasty oak adds complexity and the firm, yet supple, tannins provide length to the finish.
Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Vineyard Merlot 2013The nine-acre Suscol Ranch vineyard is located in Jamieson Canyon, south of the city of Napa. The area is very cool, with dense fog early in the season and windy conditions all year long. The vines are planted on a gentle, north-facing knoll of deep, loamy soil and are cordon trained to give the grapes maximum sun exposure. The cool conditions allow the fruit to mature slowly, gracefully developing flavors and mature tannins.
Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2011The 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.
Hourglass Cabernet SauvignonThe 2013 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and brooding, with notes of pure black fruit - blackberry, cassis and currant. Aromatically, traditional markers of camphor and mint meld with black licorice, tobacco and a faint, attractive hint of wood smoke. An earthy, dark soil minerality from the iron-rich Hambright bedrock runs through the aromatics and finishes across the palate, lending an umami sort of richness against the pure black fruit. The wine's depth is balanced by the tensional pull of nervy natural acidity and minerality, providing lift as well as layered density. The texture is broad and deep with a long arching finish that invites extended contemplation. Savory black fruits in rich layers make this wine wonderful to drink now, especially with ample decanting to unlock the layers. A vintage of big, silky-sweet tannins and deep, well-integrated color, the classically structured core hints at this wine's significant aging potential of twenty or more years, with the promise of more exotic nuances of cedar, tealeaf and cigar box as it approaches year seven from its vintage date. In all, this is one of the finest vintages of our flagship wine we have yet produced.
Langmeil The Freedom Shiraz 2004
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Grande Cuvée 2010Deep black-ruby colour. Profound aromas of black cherry, cassis, spice, leather and game, with an almost medicinal aspect. Very sweet entry, then firm and closed, almost too hard on the palate today. Extremely concentrated on the finish. A wine to be kept for your retirement.
Quintessa Red Wine 2012Rarely do you find a wine that is seamless from start to finish. This wine entices with aromas of violets mingled with red and black fruit. On the palate, it is rich and concentrated, finishing with elegant well-balanced tannins. This is truly an exceptional wine from a textbook growing season.
Dominus Napa Valley Red 2012The Dominus 2012 exemplifies the finest qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon from an ideal vintage. The intriguing nose offers a depth of aromas including lavender, Asian spices and cedar. Soft, supple tannins buoy layers of dark earth and cocoa. The wine is racy yet refined with a long elegant finish.