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2019 Nickel and Nickel Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased direct from winery

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RATINGS

96Vinous / IWC

Dried herbs, iron, spice, tobacco, incense and scorched earth lend notable complexity to this virile Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are a bit sinewy, but, then again, this is Kenefick Ranch.

94James Suckling

This shows blackcurrant, cigar box and pencil shavings. Some crushed-stone minerality, too. Full-bodied and chewy. Firm, with layers of fine-grained tannins and a mellow, chocolatey mouth-feel. Long and even.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...plenty of ripe, plummy dark fruits, notes of cedar pencil and leafy herbs, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and a great finish.

93Wine Spectator

Dark and winey, with a dense core of steeped plum and boysenberry fruit laced with licorice snap and roasted alder notes. Good underlying juiciness carries this all through the graphite-edged finish.

92Wine Enthusiast

Juicy red and black cherry highlight a brightness of lifted acidity amidst this wine's depth of richness and rounded tannin. Clove, dusty crushed rock and a hint of tobacco add to the complexity and overall appeal of this full-bodied wine.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga

Calistoga AVA is one of Napa Valley’s newer appellations, having been given appellation status in 2010. It is notable for its volcanic soil, which is unusual in the Napa Valley. Calistoga also experiences the greatest average 24-hour temperature swing of any Napa Valley AVAs, which Calistoga grape growers insist give the grapes time to “cool down” at night, making for better balanced wines. The 1,500 Calistoga vineyard acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah, along with smaller amounts of other varietals. Calistoga is at the northern end of Napa Valley, northwest of the Diamond District and St. Helena AVAs. Longtime winemaker Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, which is located in the Calistoga AVA, proposed the creation of the appellation.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.