Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 112
Vintage: 2022

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
  • Named after John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s
  • Estate-grown and bottled
  • 100% single-vineyard, single-varietal wine


At Nickel & Nickel, we are devoted to crafting single-vineyard, single-varietal wines that epitomize the intricacies of Napa Valley. Our purpose is defined by a passion for exploring new terroirs, preserving our historic farmstead and contributing to our community. Through responsible stewardship, we showcase winemaking excellence by selecting the finest vineyard sites with unique soil compositions required to make exceptional Napa Valley wines. Each bottle celebrates its origin, revealing the distinct character and charm derived from vineyards mere miles apart, yet yielding wines of unparalleled character and distinction. The 2022 growing season proved to be remarkably consistent, and fortunately for us, our meticulous farming practices ensured our readiness for the unexpected September heat spike. Favorable fall temperatures allowed the grapes to achieve full ripeness. This vintage promises to evolve into an exquisite wine that will captivate wine enthusiasts and collectors for years to come.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is produced in a Napa Green winery

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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