Nickel and Nickel State Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Red Wine

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Nickel and Nickel State Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Napa Valley, CA
95 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is redolent of chocolate-covered cherries, blackberry preserves and black currant jelly with touches of wild sage, cast iron pan and cardamom with a waft of cumin seed. Full-bodied, the palate bursts with crunchy black fruit and loads of spicy accents, supported by firm grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and lively." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

93 pts. Wine Enthusiast:

"This thickly concentrated wine is brimming in leather and dried herb tones. Black fruit dominates and broods along the rounded, velvety palate, offering luxury and complexity in equal measure." —V.B.

92 pts. Wine Spectator:

"Th¬is is well-built, with cassis, crushed plum and blackberry fruit flavors that stretch out slowly and surely, inlaid with graphite, sweet tobacco and violet accents throughout. Ample tarry grip on the back end will need some cellaring to unwind. Best from 2022 through 2032." —J.M.

FROM THE WINERY

Vineyard:

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

Harvest Notes:

The 2018 growing season kicked off in late February and eased into a mild spring that gave us extended flowering and uniform clusters throughout the vineyard. Summer continued this even trend, with consistent temperatures allowing fruit to have extended hang time. With no heat spikes and were able to wait patiently for each cluster to achieve perfect phenolic maturity. We began picking our younger blocks on October 4th, however, we allowed our older vines an extended hangtime, finishing picking on October 27th.

Tasting Notes:

From the outset, this is one powerful, deeply expressive Cabernet with heady black currant, plum, and cedar aromas leading into a big, juicy entry. Layered currant and black cherry flavors are accented by elegant clove notes. Bold, coating tannins support frame the entire wine, and hints of wet slate add dimension to a dark, brooding finish.

Aging:
French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used)

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