Nickel and Nickel "CC Ranch" Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Red Wine

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Nickel and Nickel "CC Ranch" Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Napa Valley, CA

95+ pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon C C Ranch Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of warm blackberries and blueberry compote with hints of cedar chest, mocha and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, it is velvety and elegant with lovely perfume and great persistence."

93 pts. James Suckling:

"This has more of that dark fruit character, featuring blackberries, brambles, ivy, licorice, dark chocolate and pressed dried violets. Full body and lots of fruit and mouth-coating tannins, yet this remains driven and fresh up to the chewy finish. Drink in 2020."

FROM THE WINERY:

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION:

C.C. Ranch is planted in Rutherford, along the slope of a knoll west of the Silverado Trail. The vineyard grows classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon on well-drained, gravelly loam soil and receives a variety of exposures, depending on the block and location. The vines are well balanced and the canopy is opened up to give good light exposure. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from 15 select acres of this 115-acre vineyard.

HARVEST NOTES:

This vineyard’s entire growing cycle tends to be early, so we were watching the blocks closely to see what the season would bring. Cross-arm trellising helped spread the canopy and provide protection for the fruit, allowing for speckled light. The summer months were moderate yet the lighter fruit load ripened quickly. We picked this vineyard on our first day of harvest, then continued to harvest the other five blocks over the next seven days. The various clones in this vineyard offer different flavors that ultimately come together to make this wine’s superior expression.

SENSORY EVALUATION:

The 2015 C.C. Ranch pushes the edge of ripeness yet retains the juiciness one expects from the Rutherford AVA. Concentrated red raspberry and cherry flavors blend beautifully with subtle notes of baking spice and dust. The oak is in harmony with the fruit, adding yet another dimension, while a balanced acidity livens the wine. Resolved but present tannins will allow this elegant Cabernet to cellar beautifully for many years to come.

APPELLATION - Rutherford, Napa Valley

VARIETAL
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AGING
French oak barrels
(52% new, 48% once-used)
RELEASE DATE
August 2018
HARVEST DATES
September 3–10, 2015
SKIN CONTACT
11–14 days
TIME
17 months
FIRST VINTAGE
2005

 

 

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