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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Enthusiast, 95 Tasting Panel, 92 Wine & Spirits
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Item no. 116676
Big, ripe and full bodied, exemplary of the 2008 vintage. Velvety texture, layered finish. Note of cassis and blueberry, with hints of dry herbs and sweet oak.
You want soft, cult-style, wildly delicious Napa Cabernet? Here it is. The personal vision of Jeremy Nickel, of the Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel dynasty, this is a rich and delicious in blackberry compote, black currant, chocolate, anise and sweet oak flavors. Blended with a few drops of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this bottling now establishes itself at the forefront of Napa's most important Cabernets.
Barrel aging for 32 months in French oak and bottle aged for an additional eight months, this big tobacco-drenched Cab goes into blackberry espresso mode as it goes zero to full body in seconds. Dried smashed rhubarb makes tannins seem chewier as black pepper sneaks up on the blacker fruit. Burnt sugar and cherry pie (including the bitter pits) keeps it appealing to the sassy end.
Jeremy Nickel farms close to ten acres in Oakville, near where his late father, Gil, reestablished the Far Niente estate. He presents this wine in a sleek, plump and generous style, the wine's sweet black cherry fruit contrasted by layers of earthiness in the tannins. Firmly concentrated, this feels gracefully rounded and complete, a cabernet balanced for ten years of aging.