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Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter) 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • W&S92
14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This wine is a beautiful expression of the Yountville AVA. The 2012 State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of cassis and toast. Juicy blackberry and cassis fruits pair nicely with flavors of chocolate, mineral and oak. This wine offers a rich texture from start to finish, with tannins that carry the fruit into an incredibly supple finish. The wine is delicious now, but has the foundation to last decades.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
There’s a velvety silkiness to this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a lushness to the palate that will please aficionados of both Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Refined tannins stand out in subtle ways, as do high-toned cassis and blackberry. Though the wine displays a richness of oak and chocolate, the minerality truly shines here. This will cellar well through 2025.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the very southern end of Napa Valley, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch has concentrated créme de cassis, a hint of melted chocolate and mocha, a dense opaque color and terrific fruit. The structure is slightly softer than some of the more northern Cabernet Sauvignons, but there is still an abundance of tannin present. This is another big, formidably endowed, large-scaled impressive wine from Nickel & Nickel that should age well for 20-25 years. Range: 93+
JS 93
James Suckling
Bright aromas of blackberry and black currant. Full body, fine tannins and savory finish. Long and refined.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Cooler and leaner than most cabernets from farther up-valley, this presents the fresh scent of a redwood forest and dark red pomegranate flavors. Its tannins are powerful and chewy, needing time in a decanter to mellow. Serve it with roast duck or squab.
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Nickel & Nickel

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Nickel & Nickel, Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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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, and in a short span of time, Napa Valley is a relative newcomer in the world of prestigious red wine regions. While the 1960s brought a few determined growers to the valley, by the 1970s Napa Valley already had shown the world its ability to compete head-to-head with the esteemed region of Bordeaux. The victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, followed by Robert Parker’s 100-point perfect score awarded to the Groth 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon brought plenty of acclaim to the valley.

Though Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly still dominates Napa Valley in every way, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and enjoying plenty of recognition, other red varieties certainly thrive here as well. Important but often overlooked include Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded for single varietal wines or for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel still exists in the valley and in its mountain appellations, representing an important historical stronghold for the region. Pinot noir can be produced but mainly in the cooler southern parts of the valley close to the San Pablo Bay.

What makes Napa such an amazing place for the production of red wines? Mainly it is a combination of ideal weather patterns and incredible soil variations. A balance of hot days and cool nights from the cool moist air of the San Pablo Bay or elevation, or both, allows even and slow ripening of its grapes. Furthermore the valley and its more mountainous sub appellations claim over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—all ideal for world-class red wine production.

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