Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3513 ratings
9.049 pro ratings
Oakville, 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
Top Notes For
Rob Brobst III

From the vineyard surrounding the Nickel and Nickel winery in Oakville, this grows on the valley floor just north of the Oakville Crossroad and east of 29. It's a floral cabernet with scents of roses and hints of green. The cherry flavors fill out a fleshy texture, while tart sanguine tannins provide a touch of bitterness to balance the fruit. this needed several years in the cellar to meld. And meld it has done!!

From the vineyard surrounding the Nickel and Nickel winery in Oakville, this grows on the valley floor just north of the Oakville Crossroad and east of 29. It's a floral cabernet with scents of roses and hints of green. The cherry flavors fill out a fleshy texture, while tart sanguine tannins provide a touch of bitterness to balance the fruit. this needed several years in the cellar to meld. And meld it has done!!

Feb 28th, 2021
Sipping Fine Wine

From 30-acre Cab-exclusive Oakville Sullenger vineyard, located behind the winery, dark Ruby, a rich and dense complex Cab loaded with berry, currant, herb and cedar aromas. On the palate blackberry, plum and sweet cherry flavors with notes of pepper, smoke and sweet herbs. Approachable silky tannins, long ending with a fine sweet smoky cedar and earthy character. Very nice has room to age for a decade or so. Pair this with a USDA Prime!!

From 30-acre Cab-exclusive Oakville Sullenger vineyard, located behind the winery, dark Ruby, a rich and dense complex Cab loaded with berry, currant, herb and cedar aromas. On the palate blackberry, plum and sweet cherry flavors with notes of pepper, smoke and sweet herbs. Approachable silky tannins, long ending with a fine sweet smoky cedar and earthy character. Very nice has room to age for a decade or so. Pair this with a USDA Prime!!

Aug 14th, 2020
Julie Obermeyer

Opened this year. May have waited a bit to long. Seemed past its prime but delicious none the less

Opened this year. May have waited a bit to long. Seemed past its prime but delicious none the less

3 people found it helpfulJul 14th, 2013
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Super dark ruby red and high intensity, coats the entire glass. Slight heat still on the nose. Only gave this one hour, could use three or more. Some light savory notes with some dark cherries coating everything. Some baking spices and dark dark cocoa too. Beautifully complex palate. Some minerality along side dark cherries and tight dark berries. Great backbone and structure from the acidity. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Decent dryish in the long finish. Drink 2017 till 2036.

Super dark ruby red and high intensity, coats the entire glass. Slight heat still on the nose. Only gave this one hour, could use three or more. Some light savory notes with some dark cherries coating everything. Some baking spices and dark dark cocoa too. Beautifully complex palate. Some minerality along side dark cherries and tight dark berries. Great backbone and structure from the acidity. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Decent dryish in the long finish. Drink 2017 till 2036.

2 people found it helpfulSep 30th, 2016
Justin Brilman

Not ready to drink.

Not ready to drink.

2 people found it helpfulMay 2nd, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Big and jammy. Blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, mid tannic, dry black earth, purple florals. Finishes with a slight dark cherry liqueur. One of the top 3 2015's presented.

Big and jammy. Blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, mid tannic, dry black earth, purple florals. Finishes with a slight dark cherry liqueur. One of the top 3 2015's presented.

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2016
Jeff Clement

Was awesome with buffalo steak and shrimp for valentines

Was awesome with buffalo steak and shrimp for valentines

1 person found it helpfulFeb 15th, 2016
Paul Horn

Better than the day we tasted it at the vineyard! Fantastic bottle of deep and rich Napa Cab.

Better than the day we tasted it at the vineyard! Fantastic bottle of deep and rich Napa Cab.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2016
John W
9.0

Deep ruby coloration. On the nose, cherry, blueberry, strawberry and florals. On the palate, cherry, cassis and plum, giving way to chocolate, vanilla and a long finish of oak and tea with strong tannins. 2012 vintage.

Deep ruby coloration. On the nose, cherry, blueberry, strawberry and florals. On the palate, cherry, cassis and plum, giving way to chocolate, vanilla and a long finish of oak and tea with strong tannins. 2012 vintage.

1 person found it helpfulJan 16th, 2016
Maxwell Cromwell

Delicious !!!!!!

Delicious !!!!!!

1 person found it helpfulDec 30th, 2015