Inglenook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor, bought the Inglenook winery in 1975 and renamed it Niebaum-Coppola. Some time later they renamed it Rubicon, until 2011 when they finally regained the trademark to Inglenook, which it has been called since that time. The couple brought Philippe Bascaules on board in 2011 as general manager of the estate. Mr. Bascaules was in Bordeaux at Chateaux Margaux for the 20 years before that, a legendary estate with 500 years of stunning history. It is one of the most highly respected and celebrated 1er Cru Classe wine properties in the world. To say that Mr. Bascaules is an expert is a terrific understatement.Mr. Bascaules presented the Coppolas with a 50 year plan to manage and renew the grapevines and winemaking process upon his arrival. The Coppolas had been working towards this goal since their purchase of the estate in 1975, with good progress. Mr. Bascaules is the big gun who will take things to the next level. This Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon is one example of the rewards to come. Just try finding it for less on the web...
Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "A dense, succulent wine, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon captures all the raw power and density of the year. The 2015 is just starting to soften, but ideally it needs another few years in bottle to be at its finest. Readers should expect an especially opulent style, and yet the 2015 has more than enough depth to drink well for another 15+ years or more. Drinking window: 2022-2035." Dec 2018
Winery: "This is a tribute to the historic world-renowned Inglenook 1941 vintage, produced by John Daniel, Jr. from vines brought to the Inglenook Estate from Bordeaux by Gustave Niebaum. Today, this estate-grown wine is blended with the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon that remain after the highly selective blending of Rubicon.
The Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon reflects a very pure composition that contains only small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and just a touch of Merlot. From this outstanding year emerges a smooth, generous palate with very fine dusty tannins and exemplary balance. As weighty and voluptuous as its predecessor, the flavors and fragrance of this vintage lean more heavily toward black fruits and seasoned wood. Cassis, blackberries, plums, and black currants provide juicy, mouthfilling flavors while distinct notes of cigar box, oak, graphite, and earthy spices create aromatic accents that are bound to evolve and become even more intense with bottle age. Yet, impressive density and texture already create ample allure."
93% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot
|Aging:||18 months in 90% French oak, 10% American oak, 50% new oak, 50% used oak|
|Region:||Napa Valley, California|