|2007 Nickel & Nickel, Ponzo Vineyard, Zinfandel
The smaller crop in 2007 led to beautifully ripe
flavors of raspberries, white pepper, vanilla and
spice blended together nicely and offers a pleasing
combination of texture and flavor. A special selection
of French oak adds a layer of subtle char to this
vintage which, complements the fruit, expanding the
middle palate into a nice, long finish.
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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Appellation: Russian River
Varietal: 100% Zinfandel
Aging: French oak Barrels
(42% new, 58% once-used)
For total aging of 14 months