Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 87
Vintage: 2021

Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel is behind the winery in the heart of the Oakville nested appellation
  • It is named for John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s
  • Planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, this unique wine is made from a specific vineyard block
  • Aging in French oak (55% new) for 20 months, 20 days sur lie, this wine is estate grown and bottled


Your wine is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a balance of elegance and richness. There are powerful aromas of blackberry and red plum and a touch of earthiness and spice. Upon entry, the elegance seduces the palate with dark fruit flavors and hints of black licorice and black olive tapenade. This wine melts on the palate with a long, supple finish that is supported by beautiful velvet tannins throughout.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Joe Harden

Winemaker, Nickel & Nickel

Winemaker, Joe Harden

Joe Harden, Winemaker, Nickel & Nickel
As Winemaker, Joe Harden oversees the production of Nickel & Nickel’s expansive portfolio of 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines from the Napa & Russian River Valleys. Prior to taking the helm of Nickel & Nickel in 2018, Joe served as an integral part of the Robert Mondavi winemaking team where he was the winemaker for Bordeaux varietals and oversaw production of the renowned To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon wines. A Lodi native, Joe was entrenched in the wine business at an early age with a father who worked for a wine distributor and later became a winegower.
A talented athlete, Joe was offered a basketball scholarship to Division I Notre Dame University following graduation from high school. After a while however, he found himself missing California wine country and opted return to the golden state, continuing his passion for basketball and rediscovering his roots in wine. Harden completed of a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis in 2011, the 6’7’ college athlete put his oenology career on hold for a year while he tested the waters of a professional basketball career with the NBA D League Warriors in California and then the Ballarat Miners in Melbourne, Australia.
The rigors of the professional circuit, however, led to his return to California in 2012, where he began his internship at Robert Mondavi Winery under the tutelage of winemaker Geneviève Janssens. He advanced to enologist in 2013 and was eventually named winemaker there in 2014.
Utilizing his distinctive background to lead the single-vineyard winemaking program at Nickel & Nickel, Joe is able to further expand upon the innovative mission established at the winery with its founding in 1997.
When he is not making wine, Joe resides in Yountville with his wife Hannah, also an alum of the UC Davis basketball program. Together they enjoy cooking, reading, brewing beer and biking and of course, the sharing of fine wine with friends and family.

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 7 years

Winery Distribution

Nickel & Nickel is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Nickel & Nickel Contact: George MacDonald


  • California ( Far Niente )
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