Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label
Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2010 Front Label

Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot 2010

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  • W&S92
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750ML / 14.3% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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 taking advantage of the warm climate to reach full maturity.

The Harris Merlot is very consistent from vintage to vintage, and this wine is no exception. Beautiful berry and plum fruit integrate with flavors of sage, cigar, earth and dried herb. This vintage has an appealing dusty element and the oak adds a hint of char. The silky texture and round tannins carry these flavors through to a long, balanced finish.

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
This is a great Merlot that's intensely concenrated and dazzlingly rich-everything you want a Merlot to be. It's power packed with black cherries, cherry liqueur, cocoa and sweet oak, with firm, hard tannins. That is, of course, the Nickel & Nickel style. It shows classic Oakville structure and hard-to-define elegance, making it one of the best merlots of the vintage.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
A crush of blackberries fill this luscious merlot, all about richness amd sweet oak. Give it time and the substantial structure begins to absorb some of the sweetness. It's a serious merlot for the cellar.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Tightly focused and well-balanced, with appealing red currant and tomato leaf aromas that lead to trim flavors of cherry, cedar and herb. Tannins kick in on the finish.
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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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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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