Nickel and Nickel
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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.
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.
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.
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!