The 2011 Copper Streak offers one of the richest textures of the vintage. Aromas
of blackberry and cedar lend way to dark fruit flavors of berry and cassis which
blend nicely with notes of chocolate, tobacco and herbs. The middle palate is
dense with rich flavors, depth and complexity. This wine is beautifully focused
now, yet will reward those with the patience to allow a few years in the cellar.
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;
however, mid afternoon breezes sweep in to cool things down, allowing for
excellent ripening. Nickel & Nickel Copper Streak Cabernet is produced from
seven of the vineyard’s 30 acres.