Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor, bought the Inglenook winery in 1975 and renamed it Niebaum-Coppola. Sometime 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: "The base cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec sourced all from Rutherford. It has a classic, Saint Julien-like bouquet of crème de cassis, tobacco lead, damp earth, and spice that gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated, textured Cabernet that hits all the right marks. The top Rubicon release has a touch more elegant and precision, but this isn't far off. Drink this stunner any time over the coming 20 years or more. Maturity 2020-2040." Dec 2018
Winery: "A classic expression of Inglenook’s terroir, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a complex aromatic burst of cassis, black cherry, vanilla and anise. Supple, ripe tannins enhance a velvety palate, which boasts tremendous depth. Even more striking is the extravagant array of macerated black fruits which extends through the lingering finish."
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot, 0.5% Malbec
|Aging:||18 Months in 100% French oak, 50% new oak|
|Region:||Napa Valley, California|
|Grapes||88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot, 0.5% Malbec|