Nickel & Nickel

C.C. Ranch Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2369 ratings
9.132 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
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9.5

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch is a wine of real breadth and dimension. All of the natural power of Rutherford comes through in a Cabernet that is impressive from the very first taste. Black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, cloves and scorched earth all open in the glass. Sumptuous, bold and powerful, the 2018 C.C. Ranch is superb in this tasting.(Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch is a wine of real breadth and dimension. All of the natural power of Rutherford comes through in a Cabernet that is impressive from the very first taste. Black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, cloves and scorched earth all open in the glass. Sumptuous, bold and powerful, the 2018 C.C. Ranch is superb in this tasting.(Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021)

Mar 5th, 2021
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.1

Rutherford Rutherford Rutherford. Through and through. Sour cherry and vanilla on the nose and the palate. Lots of French oak too, but incredibly well balanced.

Rutherford Rutherford Rutherford. Through and through. Sour cherry and vanilla on the nose and the palate. Lots of French oak too, but incredibly well balanced.

2 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2015
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Wild dark berries, blueberries, huckleberries, well done toast, dark florals and coffee grounds & bacon fat on the nose. The wine has experienced beautiful bottle evolution. The tannins are nicely softened but will continue to soften further over the next 7 or so years. It's mouthfeel is round, full and elegant. The fruits are ripe & juice but dry on the longer finish. It's a nice blend of wild dark berries and an array of blue fruits. Blackberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries, blueberries with an undertone of over pancakes, olallieberries, huckleberries, strawberries preserves, a bramble quality, anise, slight tarry notes, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg, dark volcanic minerals with a touch of iron, dark moist soils, dry crushed rocks, violets, lavender, violets, used coffee grounds, slightly sweetened black tea, wood shavings, graphite, acidity is spot on and the balance of fruit and earth, length and structure are beginning their harmony. The finish is long, lush, round, elegant and lasts well over a minute. Looking forward to the Nickel & Nickel Entrecote in May to see how their 16 single vineyard Cabernets are developing.

Wild dark berries, blueberries, huckleberries, well done toast, dark florals and coffee grounds & bacon fat on the nose. The wine has experienced beautiful bottle evolution. The tannins are nicely softened but will continue to soften further over the next 7 or so years. It's mouthfeel is round, full and elegant. The fruits are ripe & juice but dry on the longer finish. It's a nice blend of wild dark berries and an array of blue fruits. Blackberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries, blueberries with an undertone of over pancakes, olallieberries, huckleberries, strawberries preserves, a bramble quality, anise, slight tarry notes, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg, dark volcanic minerals with a touch of iron, dark moist soils, dry crushed rocks, violets, lavender, violets, used coffee grounds, slightly sweetened black tea, wood shavings, graphite, acidity is spot on and the balance of fruit and earth, length and structure are beginning their harmony. The finish is long, lush, round, elegant and lasts well over a minute. Looking forward to the Nickel & Nickel Entrecote in May to see how their 16 single vineyard Cabernets are developing.

1 person found it helpfulMar 18th, 2017
Nate Rempe

The unmatched C.C. Ranch. Happy birthday to me.

The unmatched C.C. Ranch. Happy birthday to me.

1 person found it helpfulJun 12th, 2016
Perry Riddle

Still a baby but will be nice. Tarry Rutherford dust and brooding fruit.

Still a baby but will be nice. Tarry Rutherford dust and brooding fruit.

1 person found it helpfulJul 10th, 2014
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

On the nose, violets, blue fruits, lavender, dark chocolate, rich dark earth, used coffee grounds, dark currants, vanilla, caramel with fresh dark florals. Palate of; M+ dark meaty tannins, cinnamon, clove, dark rich soils, volcanic minerals, blackberries, olallieberries, mulberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, raspberries, violets, dry dark florals, crushed rocks, leather & underbrush. The fruits are; fresh, ripe & juicy. Acidity is very good with a long beautiful finish. The structure, tension, balance & length are well crafted. Barrel tasted the 2016 vintage at the Nickel & Nickel Entrecôte. Photos of the lunch, decorated stainless steel tanks and the archway that leads to their garden area.

On the nose, violets, blue fruits, lavender, dark chocolate, rich dark earth, used coffee grounds, dark currants, vanilla, caramel with fresh dark florals. Palate of; M+ dark meaty tannins, cinnamon, clove, dark rich soils, volcanic minerals, blackberries, olallieberries, mulberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, raspberries, violets, dry dark florals, crushed rocks, leather & underbrush. The fruits are; fresh, ripe & juicy. Acidity is very good with a long beautiful finish. The structure, tension, balance & length are well crafted. Barrel tasted the 2016 vintage at the Nickel & Nickel Entrecôte. Photos of the lunch, decorated stainless steel tanks and the archway that leads to their garden area.

May 8th, 2017
Sean M Quinn

Dusty, red fruits, and just the right amount of concentrated jam on the finish.

Dusty, red fruits, and just the right amount of concentrated jam on the finish.

Mar 31st, 2017
Shay A
9.2

Tried alongside the Sullenger, and in comparison, this needs time away. Excellent structure with the heavy cherries and oak, but will absolutely benefit from at least 5 years in the bottle.

Tried alongside the Sullenger, and in comparison, this needs time away. Excellent structure with the heavy cherries and oak, but will absolutely benefit from at least 5 years in the bottle.

Oct 12th, 2016
Alyse Thomas

Love where I work 🍇🍷👌🏼

Love where I work 🍇🍷👌🏼

Oct 10th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Very pleasant fruit. Blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, soft Asian spice, leather and soft minerals.

Very pleasant fruit. Blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, soft Asian spice, leather and soft minerals.

May 9th, 2016