Nickel and Nickel

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Nickel and Nickel, from the front

Before this weekend, I never considered myself a wine lover, and certainly never thought I would ever be able to appreciate the difference between a good wine and a great wine (ok...I can tell a bad from a good usually at least...a skill you pick up drinking cheap wine from the grocery store!)  This is something I definitely learned to distringuish over this weekend...and it truly came to a head here at Nickel and Nickel!

I'll be honest, prior to this weekend, I have never heard of Nickel and Nickel before, but Erin seemed really pumped at the chance to get to do a tasting there.  We had made our reservation the day before, and had a 10AM tour and tasting arranged.  We arrived just on time, parked and registered and were led into a parlor where the rest of our tour group was waiting for the 10AM start time.

Nickel and Nickel's palm tree
  We started off here with a glass of Chardonnay and then moved out onto the grounds for our tour.

The weather could not posisbly have been any nicer...the sky was pure blue and the colors everywhere were incredible!  I could only imagine how this must all look in the summer!  We were give an initial introduction on the side of the house, where we found out that palm trees on Napa wineries are a sign of true success, and then moved into the courtyard behind the house.  Here we could see the old barn and the two new barns.  The old barn was built in New Hampshire in the 1770 and moved out to N&N where it serves as the offices and lab.  The new barns contain the fermentation tanks, and below them is the barrel cellar.

We walked through all three barns and the cellar, with a brief stop to play with the dirt from the various N&N vineyards around the valley.

The old New Hampshire barn from 1770!
  Following this we moved into the tasting parlor inside the house where I learned the difference between excellent and great!

Sitting down, we saw before us five different Nickel and Nickel 2005 Cabernets:
1) Copper Streak Vineyard
2) Regusci Vineyard
3) Witz End Vineyard
4) John C. Sullinger Vineyard
5) Vogt Vineyard

Each of these was excellent and would have qualified as one of the best wines of the weekend, but I really fell in love with the Regusci and the Vigt Vineyard.  The Sullinger was excellent as well, but by the time I got to the end of the glasses, the other two remained my favorites.  Erin prefered the Sullinger and the Vogt, so we decided to take home a bottle of the Vogt for OUR cellar :-)  Only 1 bottle.

Our tastes
..since at $90/bottle, we have to be realistic. 

We were lucky in that some of the others on our tour decided to be a little more influential and we managed to taste a very nice Zinfandel as well...and also what is truly the best dessert wine I have ever tasted...Dolce!  This was SOOOOOO good!  But not something I could bring myself to buy...at $85 for a 375ML bottle...I would likely drink it in one sitting...and would be devestated (and quickly broke!)

These wines were amazing, and the tour was an incredible experience as well!

Next time, I hope to visit this or another similar high-end winery!

poohstanggt says:
Hmmm, too bad we don't have time on this trip to visit Far Niente for some Dolce. But I seriously can't wait to open the Vogt on a very very very special day soon. :-) We can visit Far Niente among others in May when you are here...I can't wait!
Posted on: Mar 08, 2009
poohstanggt says:
Yes our cellar but that means you have to get out here, otherwise like I mentioned before, possession is 9/10 of the law! HAHA. Something tells me we will be joining the wine club - next time it's off to Far Niente and Dolce! I can think of a couple worthwhile reasons to bring a full bottle of the Dolce home! :D
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
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Nickel and Nickel, from the front
Nickel and Nickel, from the front
Nickel and Nickels palm tree
Nickel and Nickel's palm tree
The old New Hampshire barn from 17…
The old New Hampshire barn from 1…
Our tastes
Our tastes
Side of the Nickel and Nickel house
Side of the Nickel and Nickel house
Barns from the side of the house
Barns from the side of the house
from the front patio
from the front patio
Inside foyer
Inside foyer
Parlor where we started the tour
Parlor where we started the tour
Fireplace in the parlor
Fireplace in the parlor
Old tree on the side of the house
Old tree on the side of the house
John C. Sullinger vineyard
John C. Sullinger vineyard
Side of the house
Side of the house
Nickel and Nickels palm tree
Nickel and Nickel's palm tree
Barn courtyard
Barn courtyard
Old and New barns
Old and New barns
the back vineyards
the back vineyards
Newest barn
Newest barn
The old Barn
The old Barn
Newer barn
Newer barn
Old buggy int he old barn
Old buggy int he old barn
Inside the old barn, thats the la…
Inside the old barn, that's the l…
Old stove in the old barn
Old stove in the old barn
The beams of the old barn
The beams of the old barn
Wine lab
Wine lab
Bladder press
Bladder press
Fermentation tanks
Fermentation tanks
Label on a fermentation tank
Label on a fermentation tank
How they label each tank
How they label each tank
Three more years to go!
Three more years to go!
Grape crates
Grape crates
Opus One Winery as seen from N&N
Opus One Winery as seen from N&N
Solar fields
Solar fields
Solar fields
Solar fields
Grounds of N&N
Grounds of N&N
The soil from the various Nickel a…
The soil from the various Nickel …
Our wine came from the one on the …
Our wine came from the one on the…
More soil
More soil
Heading down into the cellar
Heading down into the cellar
The cellar room
The cellar room
Casks are painted red in the middl…
Casks are painted red in the midd…
Barrel brand
Barrel brand
Whats in the barrel...
What's in the barrel...
Last of the 2004s
Last of the 2004's
Close look at our tastes
Close look at our tastes
Horses in front
Horses in front
Sullinger windmill
Sullinger windmill
Erins friend :-)
Erin's friend :-)
We were here!
We were here!
Mondavi, across the street
Mondavi, across the street
The fancy gates...
The fancy gates...
call box to get into the winery
call box to get into the winery
The wine train, as we are leaving …
The wine train, as we are leaving…
The wine train, as we are leaving …
The wine train, as we are leaving…
The wine train, as we are leaving …
The wine train, as we are leaving…
The wine train, as we are leaving …
The wine train, as we are leaving…
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