Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.378 ratings
9.35 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Super dark ruby red and high intensity, coats the entire glass. Slight heat still on the nose. Only gave this one hour, could use three or more. Some light savory notes with some dark cherries coating everything. Some baking spices and dark dark cocoa too. Beautifully complex palate. Some minerality along side dark cherries and tight dark berries. Great backbone and structure from the acidity. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Decent dryish in the long finish. Drink 2017 till 2036.

Super dark ruby red and high intensity, coats the entire glass. Slight heat still on the nose. Only gave this one hour, could use three or more. Some light savory notes with some dark cherries coating everything. Some baking spices and dark dark cocoa too. Beautifully complex palate. Some minerality along side dark cherries and tight dark berries. Great backbone and structure from the acidity. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Decent dryish in the long finish. Drink 2017 till 2036.

2 people found it helpfulSep 30th, 2016
Shay A
9.3

One of my favorite bottles (Addax Pinot) next to a Nickel & Nickel that I've found to be reliable the few times I've had it. In comparison to the Nickel & Nickel CC Ranch, this is more approachable at a young age. Cola, vanilla, and a slight hint of gooseberries on the tongue. This is worthy of at least an hour decant and after that, pour this like it's water. Excellent wine at this age.

One of my favorite bottles (Addax Pinot) next to a Nickel & Nickel that I've found to be reliable the few times I've had it. In comparison to the Nickel & Nickel CC Ranch, this is more approachable at a young age. Cola, vanilla, and a slight hint of gooseberries on the tongue. This is worthy of at least an hour decant and after that, pour this like it's water. Excellent wine at this age.

Feb 26th, 2017
Sean Genn

In a good place showing a lot of primary fruit right now. A pleasure to drink but not a lot of complexity at this stage.

In a good place showing a lot of primary fruit right now. A pleasure to drink but not a lot of complexity at this stage.

Oct 27th, 2016
Frank Soldano

Drinking the 2013 in 2022. Deep dark dense ruby color. Very nice legs. Notes of cassis, burnt oak, and tobacco with a slight hint of ash. Very smooth. Wonderful finish. Well balanced from start to finish. Love this wine!

Drinking the 2013 in 2022. Deep dark dense ruby color. Very nice legs. Notes of cassis, burnt oak, and tobacco with a slight hint of ash. Very smooth. Wonderful finish. Well balanced from start to finish. Love this wine!

Feb 7th, 2022
John W
9.4

Deep ruby coloration. On the nose, blackberry, plum and florals. On the palate, cherry, plum, with a long finish of the same with hints of tea. Full body and rich mouthfeel. Medium tannins.

Deep ruby coloration. On the nose, blackberry, plum and florals. On the palate, cherry, plum, with a long finish of the same with hints of tea. Full body and rich mouthfeel. Medium tannins.

Jan 25th, 2020
Kristina Armendaris

Love the light heat in the finish but not sure I see the star quality in this one.

Love the light heat in the finish but not sure I see the star quality in this one.

Dec 31st, 2019
Sam T
9.2

Great dark fruit with balanced tannins. 2 hour decant was key. Classic big delicious Cali cab.

Great dark fruit with balanced tannins. 2 hour decant was key. Classic big delicious Cali cab.

Sep 22nd, 2018
Dalia

Love this...

Love this...

Apr 14th, 2018
Eric B
9.2

Always a great wine. N&N never fails. Just a bit too many single vineyards for Jones...

Always a great wine. N&N never fails. Just a bit too many single vineyards for Jones...

Dec 28th, 2017
Michael Mathews

Great inky dark purple cab from nickel & nickel. Smooth cab on a Thursday night. Feels like a decadent pizza night. Massive wine for a random day but ya know what, why not.

Great inky dark purple cab from nickel & nickel. Smooth cab on a Thursday night. Feels like a decadent pizza night. Massive wine for a random day but ya know what, why not.

Dec 21st, 2017