*#23 in Top 100 Reds Of Napa Valley 2016* Impressive aromas of blueberry and lavender with hints of rosemary. Full to medium body, solid core of fruit and a gorgeous finish. Compacted and refined. Better in 2019 but already fantastic. Best wine ever from here?
A dark, brooding wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch offers up a compelling mix of iron, smoke, black cherry, plum, licorice and new leather, all supported by a firm spine of tannin. Sumptuous yet also quite tannic and in need of time, the State Ranch is another compelling wine from Nickel & Nickel. Stylistically, it is a bit more virile and imposing than some of the other wines, but every bit as attractive. 94+ (AG)
*Editors' Choice* From one of the cooler sites sourced by the producer, this wine is remarkably rich and foreboding, sultry in chalky tannin and lingering blueberry and blackberry notes. Deeply satisfying and complex, it’s structured and firm, with a sizable presence of toasty oak and a jolt of dark-roast coffee at the end. (VB)
This grows in rocky clay-loam soils at a vineyard between the Napa River and the Silverado Trail, the vines planted in 1990 and 2005. The contribution from younger vines seems to provide a primary, clean fruit character while its Yountville provenance makes it feel relatively cool. The black fruit isn’t heavily extracted, just buoyed by a structure that holds it without any overt effort.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch (14.9%) is from the Yountville sector and shows nice red and blackcurrant fruit, spice box, earth, graphite, and a long, rich, concentrated finish. Toasty oak is present, but the wine is structured and in need of a good 4-5 years of cellaring. Drink it over the following 25 years. (RP)
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