2015 Nickel & Nickel
Copper Streak Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley


At a Glance

Ripe and concentrated, the 2015 Copper Streak Cabernet Sauvignon artfully balances dark fruit and bright acidity. Aromas of pomegranate and cassis mix with spicy, toasty oak. Flavors of Bing cherry, cassis and rich herbs are enhanced by fine, ample tannins and a richly textured finish.


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

September 19, 2015

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

9 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 47% new
  • 53% once-used

Release Date

August 2018

First Vintage

2004

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

Budbreak started about four days earlier than usual in this gravelly loam vineyard. With its western exposure and moderate-sized vines, this Stags Leap site consistently yields loose cluster with small berries. The fruit set was exceptionally small in 2015, with moderate summer temperatures and warm mid-afternoon breezes creating ideal end-ofsummer and early fall ripening. The entire vineyard was night-harvested in mid-September, with all three blocks filling a single fermenter.

Ripe and concentrated, the 2015 Copper Streak Cabernet Sauvignon artfully balances dark fruit and bright acidity. Aromas of pomegranate and cassis mix with spicy, toasty oak. Flavors of Bing cherry, cassis and rich herbs are enhanced by fine, ample tannins and a richly textured finish.