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Nickel & Nickel Vineyards Portfolio

A Singular Achievement. Dozens of Different Times.

Nickel & Nickel wines are produced from several unique vineyards that produce distinct and varied wines. The differences range from subtle to a bit more disparate, but all revel in the benefits derived from the soils and specialness of the Napa Valley. Each wine has a character, a personality, depth, flavor, and nose all its own. Yet, each share in a standard that one expects from wines with this pedigree.

Enjoy learning of each vineyard below, and what that vineyard brings to the upper echelons of wine.

Air Show Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Named for the aerial artistry of the valley’s blackbirds, Air Show Vineyard is planted in gravelly, well-drained soils in the heart of Oakville along the crossroad. This Cabernet offers depth and layering typical of the region, with supple tannins that are a signature of the vineyard site.

Oakville, Napa Valley

18 acres

Clones 30, 685 and 165 Cabernet Sauvignon on rootstock 039-16

Silty, cool and deep soils from the Cole Silt Loam series

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Bear Track Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Bear Track Vineyard is planted in three terraced blocks on the eastern hillsides of Napa Valley, just outside of the Howell Mountain AVA. The cool climate and iron-rich, volcanic ash soils result in small, tight clusters of concentrated fruit. Ample hang time before harvest yields a Cabernet Sauvignon with intense, dark fruit flavors and integrated tannins.

Napa Valley

22 acres

Clone 6 -- plus a small amount of 447 -- Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock

Red, weathered volcanic ash and clay loam

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Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Located atop Howell Mountain, Beatty Ranch typically gets to enjoy the warmth of the sun when summer fog lines the valley floor. While the fruit ripens easily, we must wait for mature tannins to emerge. The red, rocky soils are ideal for producing moderate- sized vines, and this vineyard is comprised of four different clones that each provide a unique flavor profile to the overall wine.

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

3.8 acres

Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock and clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon on 101-14 rootstock

Red, rocky volcanic soils from the Aiken soil series; high-draining with an incredible water-holding capacity

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Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Named for the branding iron owned by the proprietor, the eight-and- a-half acre Branding Iron Vineyard lies in western Oakville, close to the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard is comprised of well-drained clay loam and the vines are vertically trellised to maximize sunlight and open the canopy. The area's warm climate and sun exposure in both the morning and afternoon is perfect for slowly ripening the fruit, which often benefits from a long hang time.

Oakville, Napa Valley

8 acres


Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon on 3309C rootstock

Well-drained clay loam from the Perkins soil series formed by alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock

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C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

C.C. Ranch is planted in Rutherford, along the slope of a knoll west of the Silverado Trail. The vineyard grows classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon on well-drained, gravelly loam soil and receives a variety of exposures, depending on the block and location. 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.

Rutherford, Napa Valley

15 acres

2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005

Clones 4, 7, 8, 15, 337 and 685 Cabernet Sauvignon on 101-14 and 3309C rootstocks

Rocky, westward sloping blocks comprised of well-drained, gravelly loam from a combination of Bale, Cole and Yolo soil series.

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DeCarle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

DeCarle Vineyard is planted on the west side of Rutherford, in the dusty soils for which the area is known. This Cabernet Sauvignon offers a silky palate that complements the wine's juicy berry and black cherry flavors and finishes with a subtle minerality.

Rutherford, Napa Valley

30 acres

Clone 7 on 119R rootstock and clones 169, 191 and 337 on 101-14 rootstock

Fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series at the toe of an alluvial fan

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Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The diminutive, four-acre Dragonfly Vineyard is located in St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. Old timers know this magical place as a "banana belt" microclimate, as its ideal summer temperatures allow the vines to develop their notable ripe and jammy fruit. The vines benefit from the site's deep, gravelly loam soils and gentle southern exposure, and the vineyard is one of the first to be harvested each year.

St. Helena, Napa Valley

4 acres


Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on four rootstocks: St. George, 110R, 3309C and 5C

Well-drained eroded igneous rock from the Perkins soil series and gravelly loam and clay formed from weathered rhyolite

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Element 28 Cabernet Sauvignon

Element 28 is named after the owner of the vineyard, Erik Nickel, who ingeniously came up with the name Element 28, which is nickel on the periodic table. Located high in the hills across from Lake Henessey, this vineyard has a nice western exposure, comprised of shallow, gravelly loam soils which produce small vines with loose clusters and small berries. Three different clones offer a variety of concentrated fruit flavors that are hallmarks of this hillside vineyard.

Napa Valley


13.82 acres

Clone 30 Cabernet Sauvignon on 3309C rootstock

Shallow, gravelly Haire loams on a southwest-exposed hillside

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Hayne Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The Hayne Vineyard is situated in St. Helena at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains and is well known for its single vineyard wines from the site. The vines are small to moderate in size due to the gravelly, loam soils and the vineyard produces small yields. The warm St. Helena temperatures are ideal for producing sweet, jammy fruit and this vineyard tends to be picked at the beginning of harvest each year.

St. Helena, Napa Valley

1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004

4 acres

Clones 8 and Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon on St. George and 110R rootstocks

Gravelly and sandy mixed rock from the Cortina soil series; high-draining, formed on sloping alluvial fans

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John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

Oakville, Napa Valley

1989 and 2003

30 acres

Clones 7, 30 and 4 Cabernet Sauvignon on 101-14 and 039-16 rootstocks

Fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, situated at the toe of an alluvial fan

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Kenefick Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Planted on well-drained, alluvial soils at the base of Calistoga's Eastern hills, Kenefick Ranch produces vines of moderate vigor that yield loose clusters with small, concentrated berries. The loamy soil, western exposure and the warmer upper valley climate of this westward-facing vineyard helps us achieve optimal phenolic ripeness. The resulting wines consistently offer a mouthwatering combination of boysenberry and black cherry aromas with fresh fruit flavors that expand and coat the palate, along with density, layers of texture and a juicy finish.

Calistoga, Napa Valley


12 acres

See clone and clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon on 3309 rootstock

Volcanic bedrock and well-drained rocky loam and sediment on rolling hills

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Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The Martin Stelling Vineyard is located at the base of the western hills in Oakville and is the primary vineyard for Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel is fortunate to farm two acres of this vineyard. The soils are composed of deep volcanic loam with underlying clay and gravel.

Oakville, Napa Valley


3 acres

See clone Cabernet Sauvignon on 101-14 rootstock

Finely-grained, alluvial clay and gravelly-cobblestone loam from the Bale soil series

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Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The 25-acre Quarry Vineyard climbs the slopes above the Silverado Trail on the east side of Rutherford. The name comes from the old quarry that was the source of a white rock used in the ghost winery that still stands beside the vineyard. Three distinct hillside blocks, each experiencing its own unique soil and exposure, are harvested from this vineyard. The white, rocky loam soils are well drained, and the vines are of moderate vigor. Cluster and berry size varies from block to block, but all are small to moderate. This vineyard has full exposure to the afternoon sun.

Rutherford, Napa Valley

1995 and 1996

11.27 acres

Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on 3309, 110R and 1103P rootstock

Shallow hills with a well-drained loams atop a base of weathered volcanic rhyolite

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Quicksilver Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The Quicksilver Vineyard lies on the western Rutherford bench, in the acclaimed area on Bella Oaks Lane. The soils are predominantly well drained loams that produce vines of moderate size. These older vines were planted to the California sprawl system, with wider spacing and a divided canopy, giving great exposure to the fruit. Minimal irrigation is needed to obtain maximum fruit potential.

Rutherford, Napa Valley

25 acres

Clones 30 and 169 Cabernet Sauvignon on 039-16 rootstock

Well-drained Bale clay loam planted on coveted western Rutherford bench land

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State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

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. As the young vines mature, we will be harvesting many different clones to make the final wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 11 acres of the vineyard.

Yountville, Napa Valley

23 acres

1990 and 2005

Clones 7 and 4 Cabernet Sauvignon on 101-14 rootstock

Well-drained Bale clay loam strewn with large rocks and gravels.

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Vaca Vista Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Vaca Vista Vineyard sits upon the valley floor in the Oak Knoll District and is our debut Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the appellation, set against a scenic backdrop of the Vaca Mountains to the east. The vineyard's well-drained, gravelly soils and moderate climate provide even ripening, resulting in this structured and polished Cabernet Sauvignon.

Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

8 acres

Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon on 3309C rootstock

Fine, gravelly loam from the Pleasanton soil series

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Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay

Truchard Vineyard lies in the heart of Carneros, prized for its rolling hills, sun exposure and cool, breezy conditions that allow long, even ripening. Nickel & Nickel makes wine from eight select sections of this 270-acre vineyard, composed of volcanic ash and rock with a southwestern exposure. The growing season tends to be long in this cooler area, allowing for fully mature fruit at harvest.

Carneros, Napa Valley


14 acres

Chardonnay clones: 4, 76, 95 and 96 on four rootstocks:

  • St. George
  • 110R
  • 3309C
  • 101-14

This vineyard is predominately a neutral, gravelly loam from the Felton soil series, which are well-drained soils formed from weathered sandstone and shale.

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