Nickel and Nickel
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We got up early, got packed, and headed up to the Main House for our last breakfast at the B&B. OMG, all the food was so yummy. Sadly, I forgot my camera both days so I don't have pics of the food but we had fresh mixed fruit, hard boiled eggs, bacon, and this bread pudding for breakfast. There were various cheeses, crackers, and meats available as well. Fresh brewed coffee and juice - perfect way to start the day before going wine tasting. I was sad to say goodbye to Veronica who had been the innkeeper during the day as I didn't want to leave the B&B..couldn't we just stay forever? :D Veronica was sweet and gave Brett the last chocolate chip cookie and he sweet talked her into selling us a couple of the coffee mugs they had. YEAH! They had the Beazley House logo and were absolutely beautiful.
We arrived at N&N with about 5 minutes to spare and we had to buzz in before they would open the gates and let us in. Top secret! LOL. We got inside and paid our $40 a piece for the tour and they sent us to the Salon where others were enjoying a glass of Chardonnay while waiting for the tour to begin. The Chardonnay was incredible and I couldn't wait to go on the tour and taste the remaining 4 wines we were set to try. Nickel and Nickel is somewhere I've been hoping to get in to for some time now and it was perfect now that Brett was coming out so we could try one of Napa's best together! Nickel and Nickel is a sister winery to the well known and famed Far Niente Winery.
The tour was very informational and we got to step inside the old bar on site which was built in 1884. It was not original to the site and was transported there piece by piece through a program called "Save a Barn" and reconstructed on site. There is a white barn which is newer, containing their newer wine tanks.
One of the unique properties of Nickel and Nickel is they are single varietal wines, meaning no blending and all grapes come from the same vineyard. This is one of the reasons their wines are so widely praised. We toured the barrel room underneath the barns, and then got to play with the "dirt". They have a room with the different soils that are present at their various vineyards.
After the tour, we headed to the main dining area where our wines were already set up - I love tasting wine in a structured setting like this. You get to try the various wines and have more information presented than you usually do at a tasting bar. On our placemat were 5 Cabernets! We were only supposed to try 5 wines total so we were already 1 up! SWEET! :D We were told to try each of the Cabs but to save some in our glasses, going back to try them again as our palate would change. Sure enough, the ones Brett and I liked the most the first round ended up being one of our least favorites the next time around. All their Cabs were incredible and so amazingly smooth.
The two guys across from us were from New York and sweet talked them into opening up another wine, one of their Zinfandels. And with that, came out a glass of the Dolce. OMG! We had been hearing all about the Dolce and seeing as it was $85 for a 375ML and $170 for the 750ML regular wine sized bottle. The Zinfandel was incredible and the Dolce was truly heaven in a bottle. Wow! Wow! Wow!
I have to say I was incredibly impressed with Brett and his palate. He really picked up some of the flavors and aromas in the wines without looking at the tasting notes. This coming from the guy who is proud to admit he drinks super cheap, crappy wine at home! I am basically the one to introduce him to better wine and I think I've created a monster! LOL.
On our way out of the winery, we stopped to take some pictures of the grounds and the beautiful horses out front. The brown horse seemed to take to me and literally followed me everywhere I walked. LOL. I had flashbacks to Melanie's (Mellemel8) visit to see me in August and we were up in Sonoma wine country petting this horse when it decided to start nibbling on my bra while someone was taking our picture! HAHA.
What an amazing time we had in Napa and I can't wait to bring Brett back and try some other wineries together!