Aromas of jammy black fruits, chocolate, sweet vanilla and cedar. Similar flavors on the palate include a medley of blackberry and cassis. The 2005 started off with extremely concentrated fruit and actually tasted very young after a year of aging. Therefore, there is a little more oak on this vintage, which offers the sweet spice, toast and vanilla notes that accompany the fruit. Layer upon layer, this wine has an elegant structure with smooth, coating tannins that really expand and sweeten into a long, lush finish.
Nickel & Nickel was founded in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente with a mission to focus exclusively on producing 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines. Nickel & Nickel is located in Oakville, along Highway 29, on 42 acres that were originally settled as a farmstead in the 1880s. The winery's collection of classic barns along with the site's original Queen Anne-style home brings the historic farmstead back to life, while housing a cutting-edge winery capable of hand crafting up to 25 single-vineyard wines. The restored farmstead, to passersby on Highway 29, gives off an illusion of timelessness and at the same time deceptively conceals an incredibly sophisticated winery. The 2005 growing season started out as a normal year for this vineyard with budbreak in late March and bloom in late May.