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2018 Nickel & Nickel "John C. Sullenger Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1499604 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A strong showing of black cherry and licorice lead the way to a soft, supple midpalate in this wine that’s aged in French oak, half new and half once-used. Secondary notes of nutmeg, clove and coffee permeate through the structure and weight of the palate. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark High-toned with lots of ripe, rich plums and hints of dates and chocolate. It’s full-bodied and layered with gorgeous fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy, with plum and blackberry notes that meld nicely with hints of sassafras and bay. Lightly brambly along the edges, with a nice tug of earth through the middle, leaving a loamy echo amidst the fruit and savory notes on the finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Lots of spiced red and black fruits, new leather, dried tobacco, and damp earth define the bouquet of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger, a more closed, tannic wine. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with plenty of richness, hide bottles for 3-4 years and it should keep for 15-20. 92+ Inner quote mark (1/2021)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard is produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. It has a medium to deep garnet-purple color, delivering vivacious scents of black raspberries, mulberries and warm red and black currants plus hints of spice cake, bouquet garni and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers juicy black fruits with a spicy undercurrent and soft tannins, finishing on a lingering cinnamon stick note. (LPB) 92+ Inner quote mark (11/2020)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This comes from the estate vineyard surrounding the Nickel & Nickel winery, on the east side of Highway 29. It has the density and richness of classic Oakville cabernet, with lush black-cherry flavors, lightly amaro-like bitterness and dark-chocolate tannins lending an umami bridge to beef stroganoff. (JG) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

An offshoot project from the founders of Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel focuses exclusively on mono-varietal, single vineyard expressions from some of the finest sites in Napa Valley. The estate describes the vineyard site: "The home vineyard of Nickel & Nickel, Sullenger Vineyard is situated behind the winery in the heart of Oakville and is named for John C. Sullenger, who settled the farmstead in the 1880s. The vineyard's 30 acres of clay loam soil are planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, with 2 rootstocks and a few different clones which each add a unique element to the resulting wine."

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