This wine begins with an intoxicating perfume of bright plum and confectionary notes that are complemented by subtle earthy and herbaceous aromas which add further intrigue to the nose. Upon entry, the 2016 Copper Streak’s density is immediately evident with the entire palate being coated by robust, chewy tannins. Dark red fruit flavors from beginning to end give way to a finish that lingers after each sip.
Copper Streak Vineyard is located in a protected hollow at the base of the palisades in Stags Leap District. The soils are composed of Perkins gravelly loam mixed with red, copper-like streaks, which is how the vineyard got its name. The vines receive a western exposure and are of moderate size, yielding loose clusters with small berries. The climate in Stags Leap is very warm. Mid-afternoon breezes, however, sweep in to cool things down, allowing for excellent ripening. We produce wine from seven of the vineyard’s 30 acres.