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We pride ourselves in making small batches of superb, distinct wine, sourced from family vineyards. Tucked away in the idyllic Napa Valley’s “nested” appellation of Chiles Valley (once known as the “High Valley”), our vineyards lie 600 to 800 feet above the Napa Valley floor. Our vines benefit from this unique terroir, with its high-altitude breezes, milder climate, and extended growing period. Our 12 vineyard blocks are named in honor of each of our founding father’s 12 children.

Our old-fashioned attention to detail is complemented by our investment in the latest winemaking equipment and the technical rigor of our fifth-generation head winemaker, Aimée Sunseri, a graduate of UC Davis in Viticulture and Enology.

Nichelini classics include Cabernet Sauvignon, old-vine Zinfandel and our renowned Muscadelle de Bordelais (formerly titled Sauvignon Vert). In addition, we have an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah and some limited releases available only at the winery.

"It is a heavy baton to carry, but the honor of making legacy wines only drives me towards perfecting my craft," says Aimée.

Taste the difference 120 years makes.

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This wine is a blend of 93% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah. It is named for our iconic Roman wine press (featuring a massive wooden lever), which was in use for 65 years (1895 – 1955), and can still be seen at the winery today. The wine was cellared for 18 months in neutral French oak (67%) and new American oak barrels (33%). With notes of blackberry and nutmeg and flavors of cranberry and plum, it expresses soft tannins with a smooth finish. A family favorite since 1972, it is excellent with red meats and classic Italian dishes.


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This rosé wine was made from 100% premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes planted 33 years ago in the Allen block, named for the tenth Nichelini child, born in 1909. Its beautiful, soft strawberry hue was achieved through the saignée (sen-YAY) method, which involves minimal juice-to-grape-skin contact. Hand-harvested, then slowly cold fermented with no oak. Not overly sweet, but with fruit-forward aromas of vanilla with strawberry and melon. Smooth and easy-drinking, the perfect wine for hors d’oeuvres with friends, or on a romantic spring outing.


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This medium to full-bodied wine (94% Merlot, 6% Petite Sirah) reflects the concentrated depth of flavor and smoothness that 31-year-old vines can produce. These grapes were harvested from the Mary Block, named for the seventh Nichelini child, born in 1902. Deep ruby red in color with intense flavors of plum, black cherry, and blackberry, with light traces of smoke and cedar. Aged in 36% new and 64% neutral American oak, it is a supple, rounded wine with a beautiful long finish.


A silver medal winner at the 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition!

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Widely grown in southern Italy, Primitivo is a high-end Zinfandel by another name. This truly exceptional vintage has earned the distinction of a Reserve wine. 100% Primitivo, the clusters were hand-harvested at night, then barrel-aged in a precise proportion of 50% American and 6% French new oak. The result is a medium-bodied wine with a smoky bouquet of toasted walnut, possessing rich flavors of blackberry, cherry, cacao, and vanilla, harmonizing into a supple finish.

A silver medal winner at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

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Muscadelle (previously called Sauvignon Vert) is a Nichelini classic.  This Bordeaux white grape comes from a small vineyard block planted 66 years ago, named for Rose, the 6th Nichelini child, born in 1899.  The grape production of the aged vines is low, concentrating the flavors.  It was hand-harvested, slowly fermented, and has had no contact with oak.  An off-dry white wine, it has a refreshing balance of hints of mineral on the nose, quince and lemon on the palate, and a medium body with a soft finish.

 
A gold medal winner at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!


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For the first time in Nichelini's history, we have created a wine that is a blend of all three white Bordeaux varietals: 80% Semillon, 13% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Muscadelle.  The grapes were hand-harvested, fermented and then cellared with minimal oak contact.  With refreshing aromas of citrus, apricot and quince, it's a perfect match with everything from seafood to pasta carbonara.

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This wine was made from 100% Petite Sirah grapes hand-harvested from Antoinette Block 11, named in honor of the 11th Nichelini child, born in 1913.  Petite Sirah has been grown in California since the 1880's and produced at Nichelini as a single varietal since the 1970's.  Because of the vineyard location, it is known as "High Valley" Petite Sirah.  This is a complex wine that is a dark, crimson red in color, full-bodied, and very long-lived, with a nose of vanilla and blackberry, and some warming citrus and spice at the finish.

A Silver medal winner at the 2013 National Grand Harvest Awards!

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For this vintage, select clusters of 100% Nichelini Clone Zinfandel were hand-selected from the William Block, named in honor of the first Nichelini child, born in 1891. This vibrant, cherry-red wine, a Nichelini classic, was barrel-aged in new American oak and reveals raspberry and plum flavors, with subtle tannins rounding out the finish. This exceptional Zin is ready to be enjoyed now or for years to come.

A gold medal winner at the 2013 San Diego International Wine Competition!

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This red dessert wine is a sweet and full-bodied blend of our best grapes, aged in oak.  A porchlight on the 1895 Nichelini home invited everyone to stop in, enjoy some wine, and tell stories into the night.  Now, for the first time in many years, you can enjoy that same family wine.  Garnet red in color, with warming notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange spice emerging through layers of vanilla and raspberry, with just a hint of sarsaparilla.  Rich and smooth, with a wonderfully clean and lingering finish: a sipping wine to savor.

 

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Our Reserve wines are only produced in select years.  For this vintage, hand-harvested clusters of 100% Zinfandel were sourced from our Catherine Block, named in honor of the 8th Nichelini child, born in 1904.  A Nichelini classic, its color is an inky, dark red.  It was barrel-aged for 18 months in 35% new American oak, and has notes of raspberry, cherries and spice emerging through mellower layers of blackberry, plum and sweet licorice.  Complex and assured, this exceptional Zin can be savored now and in years to come.

A gold medal winner at the 2013 San Diego International Wine Competition!

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