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. Nickel & Nickel selects fruit from 14.5 acres of the vineyard.
Perfumed with aromas of ripe berries, sweet flavors of chocolate and spice are wrapped around a rich fruit core of blackberry and cassis. The wine is juicy and silky with a sweet core of tannin that delivers the fruit through a nice, lengthy finish.
APPELLATION Yountville, Napa Valley
YEAR PLANTED 1990 and 2005
VARIETAL Cabernet Sauvignon
ACREAGE 14.5 acres
CLONE & ROOTSTOCK Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 and 4 on 101-14 rootstock TRELLISING Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)
GEOLOGY State Ranch is planted on well-drained Bale clay loam.