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This wine begins with an intoxicating perfume of bright plum and confectionery notes that are complemented by subtle earthy and herbaceous aromas which add further intrigue to the nose. Upon entry, the 2017 Copper Streakâ€™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
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
1933 and 1995
Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 15 and 7 on three rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
The soils of Copper Streak are composed of gravelly loam from the Perkins soil series.
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. Mid-afternoon breezes, however, sweep in to cool things down, allowing for excellent ripening. We produce wine from seven of the vineyardâ€™s 30 acres.
October 1, 2017
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
16 months in French oak
The year began with a cold and much-needed wet winter, followed by a mild spring. April showers following budbreak resulted in hearty vine growth that only accelerated with the summer sun. The vineyards enjoyed a brief cooling period in August before a final heat spike over Labor Day weekend. The cool weather that immediately followed gave our fruit additional hang-time on the vine continuing phenolic development.