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Nickel & Nickel State Lane Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

  • W&S92
  • WS90
  • RP90
750ML / 14.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyardis divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older andyounger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part dueto the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. Thevines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sunthroughout the day. As the young vines mature, we will be harvesting manydifferent clones to make the final wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 11 acresof the vineyard.

The 2007 State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black cherry andloganberry that are enticing, but it is the velvety palate and the juiciness of this winethat seems to define the vineyard. There is softness and a thickness to the texturethat is pure enjoyment that carries through to an extremely long finish.

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W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
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.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
90+ points.
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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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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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