The Wine that Made a Legacy
Collectors, take note. The story of Britt Nichols’ first-ever Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon begins 1,500 feet up on Atlas Peak, amid a west-facing parcel of stunning Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, just a stone’s throw from Stagecoach Vineyard and Antinori’s Antica estate. “A BIG-name Napa winery approached me,” Britt told us. “They wanted my lot, and to hire me as their assistant winemaker.” She weighed the pros and cons — keep the fruit, or take the job and hand over the reins? She thought about family, and about her own legacy as a winemaker. In the end, Britt chose to invest in herself. And after one taste of the 2014 Nichols Private Reserve we knew she had made the right choice. Big, jammy, bold, bursting with crushed dark-fruit aromas and layers of blackberry preserves, dark cherry, and mocha and aptly nicknamed “The Decision.” $90 on release, 100 cases of Britt’s best effort yet, are up for grabs at our exclusive price of just $34 per bottle.
As Britt would tell it, the summer of 2014 had smiled on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley as almost never before. Walking the vines in late September, Britt encountered row after row of pitch-black Cabernet Sauvignon. Berries were tiny and thick-skinned, flavors were massively concentrated and stunningly complex, a product of drought conditions and the rocky, volcanic soils high up on the mountain. By the first week of October, Britt was ready to pick the finest Cabernet of her career.
“The Decision,” as Britt has nicknamed her 2014 Private Reserve, marks a turning point in the young winemaker’s career. It is unquestionably her best, most mature offering to date, but just as importantly, it is a powerful statement of confidence and vision.