2013 Nickel & Nickel "State Ranch" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1256448 97 points James Suckling

 *#23 in Top 100 Reds Of Napa Valley 2016* Impressive aromas of blueberry and lavender with hints of rosemary. Full to medium body, solid core of fruit and a gorgeous finish. Compacted and refined. Better in 2019 but already fantastic. Best wine ever from here?  (11/2016)

94 points Vinous

 A dark, brooding wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch offers up a compelling mix of iron, smoke, black cherry, plum, licorice and new leather, all supported by a firm spine of tannin. Sumptuous yet also quite tannic and in need of time, the State Ranch is another compelling wine from Nickel & Nickel. Stylistically, it is a bit more virile and imposing than some of the other wines, but every bit as attractive. 94+ (AG)  (9/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* From one of the cooler sites sourced by the producer, this wine is remarkably rich and foreboding, sultry in chalky tannin and lingering blueberry and blackberry notes. Deeply satisfying and complex, it’s structured and firm, with a sizable presence of toasty oak and a jolt of dark-roast coffee at the end. (VB)  (2/2017)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 This grows in rocky clay-loam soils at a vineyard between the Napa River and the Silverado Trail, the vines planted in 1990 and 2005. The contribution from younger vines seems to provide a primary, clean fruit character while its Yountville provenance makes it feel relatively cool. The black fruit isn’t heavily extracted, just buoyed by a structure that holds it without any overt effort.  (10/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch (14.9%) is from the Yountville sector and shows nice red and blackcurrant fruit, spice box, earth, graphite, and a long, rich, concentrated finish. Toasty oak is present, but the wine is structured and in need of a good 4-5 years of cellaring. Drink it over the following 25 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9