Nickel & Nickel

Tench Vineyard
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 171
Vintage

2011

Nickel & Nickel

Tench Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

5 cases produced

Nickel & Nickel is devoted exclusively to producing 100% varietal, single-vineyard wine, so the selection of what ends up in the bottle is quite limited, by definition. Our one-of-a-kind our bottling for Premiere Napa Valley is even more discrete. This year’s offering is a Cabernet Sauvignon from one lot of the Tench Vineyard in Oakville, culled from a selection of the best barrels within the lot , comprising 75% new French oak. Ripe blueberry fruit, sweet toasty oak and vanillin lead to a round and weighty middle palate. Ultimately, the tannins seem to dissolve, leaving an impression of complete integration.


Aging Process

Aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 17 months

Darice Spinelli

Winemaker, Nickel & Nickel

Winemaker, Darice Spinelli

Darice Spinelli joined Nickel & Nickel in 1998, just one year after the winery's debut vintage. Since then she has helped shepherd the development of the winery's portfolio of single-vineyard wines and shaped its reputation as the preeminent authority on Napa Valley Cabernet. Every fall, Spinelli brings in the harvest of up to 15 vineyard-designated Napa Valley Cabernets from a collection of AVAs famous for growing the varietal, including Oakville, Stags Leap, Howell Mountain, Yountville and others. A quest for excellence and the desire to allow the true character of each vineyard to emerge in the resulting wine is the motivation behind Spinelli's work.

A Biology graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Spinelli began her career in the wine industry at Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyard. In 1990, she joined Franciscan Vineyards, and with her first vintage as winemaker, attracted great acclaim from the wine industry's toughest critics. Her tenure with Franciscan and eventual promotion to production winemaker afforded Spinelli the opportunity to produce wines from many growing areas, including the mountainous region of Mount Veeder; the flat, warm Cabernet country in Oakville; Rutherford, with its famed "Rutherford Dust" character; and regions further south to the coastal climes in Monterey. She even produced wines for Franciscan's venture in Chile.

Recognizing a great opportunity to create single-vineyard wines on a smaller scale, Spinelli moved to join the team at Nickel & Nickel. In crafting the Nickel & Nickel wines, she sees her role as one of providing harmony to the vineyard, doing everything possible to let the wines sing. It is Spinelli's hope to capture and enhance the natural balance and quality that come from a great vineyard site.

Country born: United States

Education: Darice has a BA in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Providing harmony to the vineyard - doing everything possible to let the wines sing. It is Spinelli's hope to capture and enhance the natural balance and quality that come from a great vineyard site. A quest for excellence, encompassed by the challenge of creating the vineyard-designated Nickel & Nickel wines, is her guiding principle

The Wine House

2311 Cotner Avenue
Los Angeles  CA  90064
310-479-3731

website


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Palazzo Wine 2016 Cabernet Franc Los Carneros Midnight Angel 22
Somerston Estate 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Block 95 21
Continuum Estate 2014 Red Wine Napa Valley 20
Lang & Reed Wine Company 2015 Chenin Blanc Napa Valley Lost but Found 20
Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Merlot Rutherford Rutherford Estate 20
Schramsberg Vineyards 1990 Sparkling Wine Napa Valley J. Schram Late Disgorged 20
Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Franc St. Helena 19
Continuum Estate 2013 Red Wine Napa Valley Proprietary Blend 19
Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus Vineyard 19
Leto Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena The Elder 19
Oakville East Exposure 2013 Cabernet Franc Oakville MAJEK 19
Pride Mountain Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Summit Select 19
PureCru Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Newest Secret 19
Saintsbury 2014 Pinot Noir Los Carneros Stanly Ranch 19
Courtesan 2012 Red Wine Napa Valley Veronica 18
Merus 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville Bennett Vineyard 18
Pahlmeyer 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 18
Scarecrow Wine 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Toto's Opium Dream: Scene III 18
Somerston Estate 2012 Red Wine Napa Valley Blend 18
Arrow&Branch 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville 17
Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Pinot Noir Los Carneros Estate 17
Bouchaine Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir Napa Valley Auction Select Best Barrel 17
BRAND Napa Valley 2011 Red Wine Napa Valley Debut 17
Derenoncourt California 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Las Posadas 17
Foley Johnson 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 17
Hewitt Vineyard & Provenance Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Sleeping Lady 17
Keenan Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Waited So Long 17
Nickel & Nickel 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Tench Vineyard 17
Robert Craig Winery 2011 Red Wine Mount Veeder Pym Rae 17
Saint Helena Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 17
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Ignem et Aquam 17
Turnbull Wine Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Le Corbeau 17
Arkenstone Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain 16
Beringer Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Home Vineyard 16
Clos Du Val 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Joie Du Vin 16
Dana Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 16
Grgich Hills Estate 2011 Chardonnay Los Carneros Paris Tasting Commemorative 16
Groth Vineyards & Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Sweet Spot 16
Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 16
Louis M. Martini Winery 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley 254 Series 16
Peacock Family Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District The Shire 16
Provenance Vineyards 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley 16
Clark-Claudon Vineyards 2009 Petit Verdot Napa Valley Briana's Song 15
Far Niente 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Martin Stelling Vineyard 15
Lang & Reed Wine Company 2009 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Last Stand 15
Long Meadow Ranch Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena F Block Reserve 15
Maroon Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Maroon Vineyard 15
ROY Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Voix Basse (a whisper) 15
Shafer Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Sunspot Vineyard 15
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 15
Tres Sabores 2009 Petite Sirah Calistoga 15
Chateau Montelena Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Montelena Estate G Block Old Vine Finale 14
Frog's Leap 2008 Petite Sirah Rutherford Galleron Vineyard 14
Groth Vineyards & Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Core Blend 14
Page Wine Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Your Personal Stash 14
Snowden Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 14
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Alchemist 14
Stags’ Leap Winery 2008 Petite Sirah Stags Leap District Ne Cede Malis Estate-Grown Field Blend 14
White Rock Vineyards 2008 Petit Verdot Napa Valley 14
Buehler Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Kindly Well 13
Clos Du Val 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 13
Conn Creek Winery 2006 Red Wine Napa Valley The Finale 13
Continuum Estate 2007 Red Wine Napa Valley PNV Proprietary Blend 13
Grgich Hills Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 13
Hewitt Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 13
Kuleto Estate 2007 Red Wine Napa Valley La Concha 13
Lang and Reed Wine Company 2007 Red Wine Napa Valley Dubious Duo 13
Nickel and Nickel 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville State Lane Vineyard 13
Robert Mondavi Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville T Block 13
Wolf Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 13
Bouchaine Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir Napa Valley Auction Select/Best Barrel 12
Cain Vineyard and Winery 2006 Red Wine Spring Mountain District François’ Pick 12
Cardinale 2006 Red Wine Napa Valley 12
Corison Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Premiere Reserve 12
Groth Vineyards and Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville OX 12
Lang and Reed Wine Company 2007 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Expression 214 12
Mount Veeder Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 12
Reverie on Diamond Mountain 2007 Malbec Diamond Mountain District The First Harvest 12
Silver Oak Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Ernie’s Pretty Girl 12
Spelletich Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley True Reserve 12
ZD Wines Non-vintage Red Wine Napa Valley Petit Abacus 12
Brown Estate Vineyards 2004 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel Napa Valley 10
Provenance Vineyards 2005 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot Napa Valley 10
Sequoia Grove Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Morisoli Vineyard 10
Spring Mountain Vineyard 2004 Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc-Oh!-Phile 10
Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 9
Veraison 2004 Petit Verdot Napa Valley 9
Chateau Montelena Winery 2002 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley The Montelena Estate 8
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2001 Red Table Wine Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Oak Knoll Five 7
Cain Vineyard and Winery 2000 Syrah Spring Mountain District 6
Livingston Moffett Wines, LLC 2000 Merlot Yountville Gemstone Vineyard 6
Robert Craig Winery 2000 Cabernet Franc Mount Veeder 6
This website uses cookies.
Learn more about our privacy policy.
Dismiss this notice