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93pts Wilfred Wong
Many wine professionals consider the Rutherford AVA to be the centerpiece of the Napa Valley Cabernet, and the 2016 Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch shows off a nice mix of fruit and earth. This wine is beautiful and intricate. Its aromas and flavors of moist dirt and black fruit work well together. Pair it with savory-accented grilled pork belly. (Tasted: January 11, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
The 2016 CC Ranch Cabernet opens with a harmonious blend of delicate floral and potpourri notes alongside aromas of ripe cherry, plum, and dried herbs. The entry is bright and lively, loaded with spicy red berry flavors and warm, seductive notes of tobacco leaf. The bright, lingering finish is both refreshing and youthful, while firm tannins suggest the wine will only grow more nuanced with extended aging.