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8164 St Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94558
We drove by the winery and called in as the 2003 release party was going on. It cost $30 for a glass, and you could go around and try any of the seven Cabernets they were pouring. The place was pretty crowded but it seemed like good value as you could retry the wines as often as you wanted. Our favourites have not changed from the 2001 tastings - The Tench, Sullinger and Stelling stood out. July 10th, 2005: The tasting fees at Nickel & Nickel are expensive, and we were shocked when we were told that it was $30 each, but you do have to remember you are at a high end winery in the heart of Napa Valley. Also you are supposed to do a tour with every tasting but we wanted to get straight to the wines which was probably the reason why they let us in without an appointment. The winery itself is definitely unique in that it is a restored 1884 Queen Anne home, farmstead and barn, making a pleasant change from the new, modern wineries all over Napa. We had excellent service at the winery (our charm got us two free tastings!). If you can negotiate the very confusing directions and signage for parking (David was driving), Nickel & Nickel is definitely recommended. The wines are all 100% varietal, single-vineyard., mostly Cabernet but other varietals also.
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2000 Stelling Cabernet Sauvignon
Excellent. Drinking very well right now. Smooth, good fruit up front with a...
2001 Carpenter Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
A very light cabernet with the fruit up front and very little finish. Defin...
2001 Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine has a "jammy style" - strawberry jam. It smells light yet is defi...
2001 Rock Cairn Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The Rock Cairn Vineyard is not watered at all, producing grapes with big, f...
2001 Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Favourite wine of the day. A beautiful wine. Soft tannins yet silky. Very e...
2001 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
We really enjoyed this wine and probably the best value at the winery. The ...
2003 Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon
Plenty of fruit up front but lacking a finish.
They said that they don't do a second fermentation with the Chardonnay, but...
2003 Match Cabernet Sauvignon
Getting better. Huge fruit on the nose. More structure but still lacking th...
2003 Rock Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon
Very dry finish and little fruit. Complete opposite to the Branding Iron or...
2003 Sullinger Cabernet Sauvignon
Very dark color. Very good fruit and smooth lingering finish. Very nice win...
2003 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Much better balance. Less fruit up front but more structure and a much bett...
2003 Vogt Cabernet Sauvignon
Lingering berry flavor on the back end. Not your typical Cabernet from Howe...
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