The return of a Howell Mountain wine to Nickel & Nickel has long been
awaited and the debut of the 2012 Nickel & Nickel Beatty Ranch Cabernet
Sauvignon is sure to please. This wine offers aromas of cassis, blackberry, green
olive, pepper and tar. The earthy and fruity notes are reflected on the palate
and harmonize into one juicy package of flavor with the natural intensity of
the Howell Mountain area. The texture of this wine is big, yet inviting, and the
tannins are rich, not unyielding. This is a wine that is the perfect complement
with food and can easily age for the next 15 years.
Located atop Howell Mountain, Beatty Ranch typically gets to enjoy the warmth
of the sun when summer fog lines the valley floor. While the fruit ripens easily,
we must wait for mature tannins to emerge. The red, rocky soils are ideal to
produce moderate-sized vines, and this vineyard is comprised of four different
clones that each provide a unique flavor profile to the overall wine.