Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard size: 23 acres
Vineyard Description:State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyard is divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older and younger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part due to the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. The vines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sun throughout the day. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 14.5 acres of the vineyard.
Tasting Notes: The 2014 State Ranch Cabernet has aromas of wild berries, violets and crushed stone. Enticing blackberry and blueberry fruits mingle with notes of minerality and spice, surrounded by toasty oak that complements the fruit. Ample, velvety tannins enrich the texture and carry the fruit into a lengthy finish.
“ This has the most backbone of the different 2014's I've tasted to date from Nickel & Nickel, with a firm structure that will take long term cellaring. Blackberry, cassis, medium plus oak toast, some violet and faint dried herbs shine here, and finish persistently with the oak forward at present, but promising to integrate elegantly with time. Brava!”
97 points, Wine Review Online (AUG 2017)
95 points, Wine Enthusiast (DEC 2017)