Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

2014 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 18 | Lot No. 140
Vintage

2012

Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, completely sourced from the Sullenger Vineyard
  • All of the John C. Sullenger Vineyard's 30 acres are devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The vineyard is composed of fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series
  • Notes of ripe plum and cherry with hints of blackberry, notes of coffee and herbs with toasty oak

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

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

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