|Nickel & Nickel is a beautiful ranch-like winery|
One of the dangers of wine tasting is that you might end up shopping while you are tasting. When the incredible half case of Nickel & Nickel Cabernet arrived, I remembered what a great time we had visiting the vineyard and how elegant the wine tasting was (bread sticks, cheese and all), but I sure didn't remember ordering the cabs! Turns out it was simply the October shipment of "Club Cabernet," two bottles of three outstanding single vineyard cabs from Nickel & Nickel.
From the recent shipment, so far I've tried only the 2008 State Ranch, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a 23 acre Yountville vineyard. I'm going to cellar the second bottle for at least another year, as it can only get better, but the first bottle provided vibrant flavors, including berry and cherry. As the wine maker's notes suggest, "The vintage's tannins are so supple and fine that they are quite polished." After about 30 minutes in the decanter on the table of Maestro's Newport Coast, the wine was silky smooth, getting rave reactions, well deserved, from the three wine drinkers who were enjoying this lovely selection that I had carried in.
The nice folks at Maestro's waived the $25 per bottle corkage fee. Why? When you bring in great wines and allow the wine steward to do the tasting after decanting, they appreciate that. In this case, the mission was to determine whether we should drink the Kelham 2001 Cabernet first, or the 2008 State Ranch from Nickel & Nickel. Conclusion - The Kelham was ready (and unbelievable); the State Ranch Cab needed some heavy breathing. It was ultimately, superb.
Next week - I'll finally get to write about our amazing discovery in historic Healdsburg - up in beautiful Sonoma County.