About Nickel & Nickel 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, CC Ranch, Rutherford, Napa Valley
This Cab is from the C.C. Ranch in Rutherford, planted along the slope of a knoll west of the Silverado Trail. The vineyard grows classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon on well-drained, gravelly loam soil. The vines are well balanced and the canopy is opened up to give good light exposure. Nickel & Nickel produces wine from 15 select acres of this 115-acre vineyard. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon this wine was aged 16 months in French oak, 48% new.
The Wine Advocate scored this 93 points saying "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch opens with fragrant cassis, black forest cake, kirsch and stewed plums plus wafts of pencil shavings, black olives and iron ore. The palate is medium to full-bodied and firm with nice harmony, softly spoken flavors and a chewy, quietly intense finish."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 94 points saying "This is a savory and textured wine from a ranch off the Silverado Trail in the heart of the appellation. It sings in cedar, dried herb and sage, with an inviting nose of dust and mineral. Grippy, it develops to show smooth integration of tannin and oak, with a lasting note of tobacco leaf on the finish."