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Stags Leap District
October 15, 2012
18 months in French oak barrels (51% new, 49% once-used)
The 2012 Copper Streak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers a perfume of
currant and cassis blended with an intriguing minerality. The palate bursts with
notes of cassis, chocolate, tobacco and herbs. The middle palate is thick and
coating and the wine seems to expand as the velvety, yet firm, tannins carry the
fruit flavors into a long and lingering finish. This wine will continue to evolve
with a little patience in the bottle and can easily be cellared until 2025.
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.