2007 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Kelham Vineyard

Year: 2007
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 94+
Red Wine
Price :
$59.95
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NEW, VERY LIMITED, SINGLE VINEYARD, CABERNET RELEASE!

"Even more opaque ruby/purple-tinged (almost blue/purple) is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Kelham Vineyard, which comes from a western hillside vineyard planted three decades ago. Like all the other wines, it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic creme de cassis, vanillin and spice box aromas emerge from this full-bodied, dense, rich wine. Approachable now, it promises to be even better in 4-5 years and last for two decades or more.

An impressive group of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons from the Gil Nickel family represents an Oakville terroir lesson with the exception of the State Ranch which comes from a vineyard further south in Yountville." (WA)

We have a serious blue chip Napa Cabernet deal coming this week, and believe it or not, this isn’t it! But this is arguably just as good a deal.

Nickel and Nickel was founded by Gil Nickel, owner of the famed Far Niente label. Whereas Far Niente is focused on making the best Napa appellation wine, combining the best grapes for multiple vineyards, Nickel and Nickel makes exclusively single vineyard wines. In July of last year, we tasted through a selection of Nickel and Nickel’s single vineyard Cabernets and were impressed by all. The only problem: all of the Cabernets are around $90. Especially in this case, quality comes at a price.

Can you guess where this post is going? Somehow, LA Wine Co. managed to get Nickel and Nickel’s second highest rated wine (94 points from Robert Parker), and they are selling it for $59.95. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Kelham Vineyard is a wine for now and a wine for 20 years from now. When I was there on Saturday, only 11 bottles were left, but if they are out when you try to order, or you want more than 11 bottles, send me an email and I will find out if more is available.

If you like Oakville Cabernet, and especially if you’re a fan of Nickel and Nickel, this buy is as good as it gets! Plus it shares a name for this blog, so it must be good…(Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Kelham Vineyard is a 52-acre planting located at the base of the western hills of Oakville. Nickel & Nickel receives fruit from 7 acres planted to rootstocks which offer slightly different nuances to the blend. The soil is comprised of a welldrained, clay loam, which produces vines and clusters of moderate size. Some canopy management is performed to allow speckled light on the grapes which, combined with Oakville’s warm climate, is perfect for slowly ripening the fruit.

The 2007 growing season followed a winter with low rainfall. The vineyards enjoyed moderate growth and near ideal light penetration to the clusters. The critical period of bloom occurred in a short window in mid-May, leading to the promise of greater uniformity for veraison and harvest. The crop was selectively thinned when it was almost completely through veraison. The vineyard’s deep bale loam soil and gentle slope that faces the morning sun allows plenty of time for the tannins to mature and the fruit to fully develop its ripe berry expression.

The 2007 Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is compelling with its firm and structured core that carries ripe, almost jammy, blackberry and cassis flavors. The fruit is further complemented by notes of black tea, cigar and tar, which integrate with the soft notes of toasty French oak. The final impression is that of an extremely long finish that highlights the concentration and weight that this vineyard creates.