2010 Nickel & Nickel "C.C. Ranch" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1140656 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Three things mark this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon: the impenetrably dark hues, huge tannins and extremely concentrated fruit. But, that's the Nickel & Nickel style, remarkably consistent over the years. Aged in plenty of new French oak, it's awesomely rich in blackberries and cherry liqueur, with cocoa, herb, spice and earthy complexities. *Cellar Selection*  (12/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of fresh leather and dark berry fold over to the palate, smooth and focused, gaining depth and length. Needs time for the loamy tannins to resolve. (JL)  (11/2013)

91 points Vinous

 Bright medium ruby. Musky aromas of cassis, chicory, loam and tart cherry stomp. Suave, sweet and fine-grained, showing a light touch to its urgent, slightly medicinal dark berry, black cherry and soil-driven flavors. Finishes seamless and persistent, with building tannins turning a bit dusty as the wine opens in the glass. (ST)  (5/2014)

K&L Notes

Nickel & Nickel was begun in Oakville in 1997 by the owners of Far Niente (the similarity of their label is hard to miss). In contrast to Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is dedicated to producing single-varietal wines from distinct individual vineyards. Each vineyard is farmed and vinified to best illustrate its unique site. In turn, some vineyards are not far apart in distance, but the wines are very different in character. The C.C. Ranch Vineyard is planted in gravelly loam soils along a slope in Rutherford just west of the Silverado Trail. From the winery: "The 2010 C.C. Ranch has some of the brightest fruit from the entire vintage. This wine is rich and jammy, with persistent cherry and berry flavors. The distinctive 'Rutherford dust' shines through the spice and toast from the oak, and pairs beautifully with the fruit. The texture is silky, and the soft tannins that are associated with the Rutherford AVA melt away into a long, harmonious finish."


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
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