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Nickel & Nickel Bear Track Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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 Wine Spectator: 93 94 Points
Vintage:2019
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Nickel & Nickel Bear Track Cabernet Sauvignon is made from Napa Valley 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.


Nickel & Nickel Bear Track Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Review:

With a plushness on the palate, this varietal wine offers spicy undertones of cedar, sage and oak, with woody tannin and thick, concentrated black fruit. Intense throughout, the berry richness is contrasted by flecks of iron and crushed rock. Enjoy 2029–2039. Cellar Selection
-Wine Enthusiast 94 Points



Winery: Nickel & Nickel

Nickel & Nickel winery, located in Oakville, Napa Valley, is dedicated exclusively to producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinct personality of each vineyard. Established by the partners of Far Niente in 1997, Nickel & Nickel is focused on producing single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the appellation's most significant growing regions. A collection of single-vineyard Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah wine complement the portfolio.

There is a never-ending sense of surprise and delight in unearthing your favorite Nickel & Nickel wines. Each Nickel & Nickel wine is a celebration of place, revealing how vineyards only miles apart, but of the same grape varietal, yield wines of unique character and distinction.

The process of selecting a site to produce a single-vineyard wine is of paramount importance. Every aspect of a vineyard must meet our exacting standards, including the soil, rootstock, clonal selection, exposure, and farming practices. Our viticulture team farms with precision, based on what is required for each site to achieve the purest expression of its place. The Process reveals how vineyards that are in some cases less than a mile apart and growing the same varietal, may produce wines of remarkably different character.

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Review:

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Cold Fermentation. 
Aged on the lees for 12 months in Stainless Steel tank. No Oak. 
No ML

 

Review:

"Aged on the lees for 12 months in stainless steel, this wine saw no oak. Its original name – Hellenstein -- referred to hell stone, as the vineyards are on a mountain where the “sun burns like hell.” It was later renamed Heiligenstein, which translates as holy rock, and is a geological island of desert sandstone, with volcanic matter. Its earthy slate character lends out scents and flavors of honeyed apricot, salty pears, and stone fruit pith."

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 94 Points
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Review:

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Review:

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