Nickel & Nickel is located in Oakville in the Napa Valley section of California. The winery produces 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines. Napa Valley is the source for all thirteen of their current vintage Cabernet Sauvignon offerings. They also offer one Chardonnay, one Merlot, and a Syrah from Napa Valley. From Sonoma Valley, they source one Chardonnay, one Merlot, one Syrah, and two Zinfandels.
The 2008 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville section of Napa Valley. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used) for 18 months. The label listed ABV was 14.2%.
Over the years, I had tasted a number of wines from Nickel & Nickel, several Cabernet Sauvignons, and a Zinfandel from Bonfire Vineyard. They were all quite good. I had not sampled one in quite some time and happened upon the 2008 Kelham Vineyard in a local store.
I decided to revisit the brand. I was glad I did.
This was a PNP.
My notes on the nose describe it as “black fruit, especially blackberry….big blackberry”. While the fruit was very prominent, it was in a mouthwatering way. There was also a touch of vanilla and a bit of eucalyptus.
A sip from the glass brought a burst of flavors. Black fruit, blackberry, licorice, pepper and spice were all expertly blended. The integrated tannins were superbly balanced against the fruit.
The finish was fairly long, with more black fruit and blackberry. The fruit was with this wine from start to finish. It was so well made.
My meal with this wine started with pork and leek dumplings. Followed by sliced steak sliders with a Cabernet wine sauce, blue cheese and sauteed onions. The Kelham Vineyard Cab went beautifully with the entire meal. This wine would go well with any grilled or roasted beef, chicken, or pork. It would likely do well with a cream or tomato-based pasta sauce as well. I would avoid fish with this one, as the wine would overtake it.
The 2008 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon retails around $72. It is one of the better Oakville Cabernets in that price area. I would definitely have this wine again. I hope you get to try it as well.