2011 Nickel & Nickel
Copper Streak Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley


At a Glance

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.


Perkins soil series from Copper Streak Vineyard


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Vineyard Notes

Appellation

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

Years Planted

1933 and 1995

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon

Clone & Rootstock

Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 15 and 7 on three rootstocks:

  • 110R
  • 3309
  • 1103P

Acreage

7 acres

Trellising

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)

Geology

The soils of Copper Streak are composed of gravelly loam from the Perkins soil series.

Vineyard
Description

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, midafternoon 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.

Wine Notes

Appellation

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

Harvest Date

October 17, 2011

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Skin Contact

8 days

Aging

18 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Release Date

September 2014

First Vintage

2005

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

In 2011, cloud cover in the winter and early spring delayed the year’s growing season, but above average rainfall filled the reservoirs. Bloom this year occurred in June, which is the latest on record. This vineyard naturally sets a low yield, so small canopy adjustments were all that was required. A cool summer without any real heat spikes offered a slow ripening period, and the fruit looked beautiful on the vines. Without the extra heat, sugar levels remained low and we harvested the entire vineyard in mid-October when flavors and tannin development were at their peak.

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.