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.
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The 2010 Sullenger has ample black cherry and blackberry flavors with layers of tobacco and earth, characteristic of central Oakville. The wine"s defining velvety thickness and beautiful texture emphasize this flavor profile, expanding on the middle palate and easing into the supple tannins that... more
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The 2010 C.C. Ranch has some of the brightest fruit from the entire vintage. This wine is rich and jammy, with persistent cherry and berry flavors. The distinctive Rutherford dust shines through the spice and toast from the oak, and pairs beautifully with the fruit. The texture is silky, and the... more
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The 2012 Truchard Chardonnay is a beautiful expression of what this vineyard has to offer. Peach, apple, and tropical fruits pair nicely with the vanilla and toasty oak from the barrels. Its creamy mouthfeel and balanced acidity create a lovely texture that carries the fruit from start to the... more
The 2011 Truchard offers flavors of peach, pear, grapefruit and banana, with citrus notes enhanced by the stone and mineral elements midpalate. Toasty flavors from the French oak harmonize with the exotic fruit providing a layered palate from start to finish. more
The 2010 Branding Iron has a wonderful combination of blackberry and raspberry fruits, blended with earthy and floral characters. Nicely balanced and richly textured, this wine offers ripe fruit flavors and amazingly fine tannins. This depth of flavor is carried by the wine"s classic structure into... more
The 2010 Hayne Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful expression of the St. Helena AVA. Dark cherry and wild berry marry beautifully with the sweet, spicy flavors derived from the French oak. The dark, jammy fruit is rich and coating and builds on the palate, while the integrated tannins add to the... more
Harris Vineyard is located in western Oakville, just east of the Branding Iron Vineyard. Nickel & Nickel's five acres are comprised of two blocks that offer a southern exposure and soil of gravelly clay loam. Thinning passes allow each cluster to hang freely, optimizing the trellis system, and... more
The 2010 Kelham Cabernet Sauvignon has many Bordeaux-like qualities because it captures both dark fruits and earth in a wine with exquisite texture. Berry and cassis are mixed with notes of cigar, bay and herb. More French oak barrels are used for this wine, offering spice, toast and char. This... more
The 2010 Tench Cabernet displays berry flavors with a hint of blueberry that helps define this special vineyard site. The wine offers a juicy entry that coats the palate as the flavors and texture, complimented with restrained toasty oak, continue to build. Ultimately, the tannins dissolve, leaving... more
The long hang time this year offered nice flavor development in the 2010 State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, and this wine delivers a wonderful expression of bright berry fruits. The velvety texture carries flavors of raspberry and black cherry, while the toasty oak adds spice. The soft, thick palate... more
The 2010 Quarry Cabernet is an intriguing wine with layers of flavor that awaken the palate. Cherry fruit, dried herb, earth, mineral, pepper and tea blend nicely to create a medley of flavor. The French oak adds an intriguing vanilla and char component, while enhancing the overall structure. This... more