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The Stelling Vineyard is located behind Far Niente at the base of the western hills in Oakville. Although the vineyard comprises 100 acres, Nickel & Nickel produced its Stelling Cabernet Sauvignon from just a 1.4-acre parcel for the 1997, ‘98 and ‘99 vintages, with the remainder contributing to the Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard was originally part of the 5000-acre holdings of Martin Stelling, from which many famous hillside and benchland vineyards have been demarcated.
The spring of 1999 arrived later than normal and flowering occurred during cool weather, reducing crop production. Cluster size, as well as berry size, was smaller than usual in this vineyard, giving even more fruit concentration to an already spectacular site. A mild summer was followed by a warm, relatively dry fall, which allowed the grapes to further develop and mature their tannins before being picked in October.
1999 might have given us the best Stelling Vineyard Cabernet yet. Packed with blackberry, spice, vanilla and chocolate, the wine has a rich, almost coating, middle palate. Classically elegant, with beautiful structure and complexity, the wine's silky tannins marry with the oak, creating layers of interest that continue into a very long finish.
Nickel & Nickel is devoted exclusively to producing 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinctive personality of each vineyard. Established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente, the winery is based in Oakville, California, on the 42-acre John C. Sullenger vineyard property. Nickel & Nickel produces single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, but also makes single-vineyard Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel.
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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