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State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyard
is divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older and
younger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part due
to the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. The
vines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sun
throughout the day. As the young vines mature, we will be harvesting many
different clones to make the final wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 11 acres
of the vineyard.
The 2007 State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black cherry and
loganberry that are enticing, but it is the velvety palate and the juiciness of this wine
that seems to define the vineyard. There is softness and a thickness to the texture
that is pure enjoyment that carries through to an extremely long finish.
"Showing the cool tone of cabernet grown under the influence of the San Pablo Bay, this is a wine of firm cherry richness and muscular tannin. There's a gravelly, soil character to the tannin and tart freshness to the fruit. Give this several years to mellow, then decant for roast lamb."
Wine & Spirits
"Tightly wound, full-bodied and intense, with a firm mix of loamy earth, dried black fruits, dried currant, mineral, sage and graphite. A pretty touch of blueberry peeks through at the end. Decant. Best from 2012 through 2021."
"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch is from Yountville, a sector that is becoming populated with such high quality wineries as Cliff Lede and Kapcsandy. This deep ruby/purple effort is not so much austere as it is more narrowly constructed than its siblings. There is a lot going on in this outstanding Cabernet, but it is the least expressive of all these Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignons. It reveals some minerality along with white chocolate and black currant characteristics, but the structure dominates at present. Forget this wine for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 20 years.
The Wine Advocate
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