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2009 Nickel & Nickel "Branding Iron" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1113515 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark *Cellar Selection* Beautiful in every respect, this has ripe flavors of blackberries, blueberries and cassis. It shows the classic Oakville structure of firm, hard tannins, elegance and ageworthiness. Made from 100% Cabernet, it will reward holding until at least 2018. Inner quote mark (11/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron Vineyard is one of the richest and most powerful wines in this lineup from Nickel & Nickel. At the same time, it has plenty of near-term appeal. A dark, voluptuous wine, the 2009 flows with the essence of blueberry jam, blackberries, black currants, cloves, vanillin and violets. The Branding Iron is the most overtly fruit driven of Nickel and Nickel’s 2009s, yet there is plenty of underlying structure in the tannins. Ideally readers should give the 2009 another few years in the cellar to allow the tannins to start melting away. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and spices complicated by medicinal herbs. Velvety and seamless in the mouth, combining a creamy richness with youthfully medicinal dark fruit and spice flavors. This chewy, concentrated wine finishes very long, with tooth-coating tannins that call for a good five or six years of cellaring. Strong potential here. 93+ (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A rough and tumble effort for now, but should smooth out, mixing rich dried currant and dark berry with potent loamy earth, dried herb, sage and cedar. Ends with fine detail. Best from 2014 through 2026. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2012)

Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark With its black cherry flavors cushioned by sweetness, this is firm underneath, a soft and easy red to pour with roast beef. Inner quote mark (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Nickel & Nickel was begun in Oakville in 1997 by the owners of Far Niente (the similarity of their labels is hard to miss). In contrast to Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is dedicated to producing single-varietal wines from distinct individual vineyards. Each vineyard is farmed to best bring out the site's unique characteristics in its wine. In turn, some vineyards are not far apart in distance, but the wines are very different in character. The Branding Iron Vineyard was planted in 1998 in well-drained clay loam soils at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The 2009 crop was picked just before a mid-October storm swept through the area. The wine spent 18 months in 43% new French oak. From the winery: "The 2009 Branding Iron has beautiful, ripe fruit flavors of berry and black cherry that coat the palate. Elements of earth and spice, in combination with the vanillin from the oak, add layering. This wine has a classic Oakville structure, which is an indicator of good ageability, and the generous fruit profile allows one to enjoy the wine now but will surely reward those with a little patience."

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