State Ranch is located northeast of the town of Yountville. The 23-acre vineyard
is divided into two parcels by State Lane Road and consists of both older and
younger vines. Many excellent wines are produced from this area, in part due
to the rocky, loam soil which has excellent drainage throughout the year. The
vines, as well as the clusters, are moderate in size and the vineyard gets full sun
throughout the day. As the young vines mature, we will be harvesting many
different clones to make the final wine. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 11
acres of the vineyard.
Despite cooler temperatures in 2009, vine maturity in this vineyard was
normal throughout the year. Budbreak and bloom occurred in April and May
respectively, and the vines looked good. The crop load was slightly heavier
this year and required some thinning. Laterals and leaves were pulled early to
allow speckled light to reach the fruit, which was essential as the cool summer
persisted. The fruit developed its berry flavors in late October when the leaves
were starting to change color.
The 2009 State Ranch shows an intriguing combination of fruit and spice.
Cranberry and berry flavors intertwine with earth and cigar, and the toasty
component from the oak complements the fruit and adds an intriguing layer.
This vintage also has a rich structure, more typical of a hillside Cabernet. This
intense expression will allow this wine to age beautifully.
Yountville, Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
French oak barrels
(49% new, 51% once-used)
October 18 - 19, 2009