|2006 Nickel & Nickel, Dragonfly, St. Helena, Cabernet Sauvignon
Abundant aromas of red and black fruits are prominent on the
nose. Perfumed strawberry and wild berries fill the glass and
are complemented by sweet vanilla and cedar. The most
compelling element of this wine is the silky texture that
progresses velvety and rich across the palate. Slightly softer in
structure, this elegant, yet plush, wine carries the bright fruit
flavors into an incredibly supple finish.
APPELLATION: St. Helena, Napa Valley
VARIETAL: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AGING: French oak barrels
(40% new, 60% once-used)
RELEASE DATE: September 2009
HARVEST DATES: October 2-10, 2006
SKIN CONTACT: 10-12 days
FIRST VINTAGE: 1999
Darice Spinelli joined Nickel & Nickel as winemaker
in 1998 with the ambition to produce superior
single-vineyard wines. After a decade focused on
shaping the winery's single-vineyard bottlings,
Spinelli added the responsibilities of winery president
to her duties.
Counting nearly twenty years of winemaking
experience, Spinelli provides both the knowledge of
producing wines from specific terroirs in California as
well as an uncompromising resolve to create the best
possible wines from vintage to vintage.
vineyard-designated Nickel & Nickel wines, is the motivation behind Spinelli’s
A Biology graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Spinelli
began her career in the wine industry at Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyard. In
1990, she joined Franciscan Vineyards, and with her first vintage as
winemaker, attracted great acclaim from the wine industry’s toughest critics.
Her tenure with Franciscan and eventual promotion to production winemaker
afforded Spinelli the opportunity to produce wines from many growing areas,
including the mountainous region of Mount Veeder; the flat, warm Cabernet
country in Oakville; Rutherford, with its famed "Rutherford Dust" character;
and regions further south to the coastal climes in Monterey. She even
produced wines for Franciscan’s venture in Chile.
Recognizing a great opportunity to create single-vineyard wines on a smaller
scale, Spinelli moved to join the team at Nickel & Nickel. In crafting the Nickel
& Nickel wines, she sees her role as one of providing harmony to the
vineyard, doing everything possible to let the wines sing. It is Spinelli’s hope
to capture and enhance the natural balance and quality that come from a
great vineyard site.
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