2016 Nickel & Nickel
Copper Streak Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley


At a Glance

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.


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 1, 2016

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

SKIN CONTACT

13 days

Aging

16 months in French oak

  • 48% new
  • 52% once-used

Release Date

March 2019

First Vintage

2004

Harvest
Notes
Sensory
Notes

The 2016 growing season proceeded as usual for Napa Valley with a nice spring that led to a warm summer. Budbreak was about five days later than last year and this trend continued throughout the season. Slightly cooler weather in May lengthened the bloom window but warm summer days in June and July helped the vines catch up to normal. The crop looked good with clusters that had a nice leaf coverage allowing for speckled light. August brought both cool and hot weather, so we kept a close eye on each block.

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.