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Founded by a successful Finnish sea Captain, Gustave Niebaum, in the 1880’s, Inglenook Estate in Rutherford California was once the most highly regarded of the earliest, great Napa Valley estate wineries. Over the years the estate passed through the hands of Niebaum’s descendants. Eventually the family started to sell off plots of the historic homestead. Even the proud name was put on the market in 1964 and sold to a corporation as merely a brand name. But in 1975, Francis Ford Coppola...
Blancaneaux presents a beautiful perfume of acacia flowers, oranges, peaches, pears and grapefruit. This rendition is very crisp, with clear, expressive flavors of citrus and minerals and great length and intensity on the finish. The wine has a delicate silky texture with great purity and precision. Decant for 30 minutes to experience its full potential.
The heavy rains that punctuated spring lightened our crop significantly, but having fewer clusters of fruit on each vine allowed the grapes to achieve greater concentration. Harvest began with the Viognier on September 23rd and continued over the course of one week when selections of fruit reached optimal maturity. As soon as the Viognier was harvested, picking of the Marsanne began. Then, on October 4th,finished with the Roussanne. The team were fortunate to have a positive weather pattern for these delicate varietals—the conditions show through in the quality of the fruit.
Because the Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier vines have well over a decade of age now, they are producing wines with exceptional palate density as well as more flavor complexity and mineral nuances. The grapes were harvested by hand and lightly pressed, with approximately 80% of the first pressed juice being used. Fermentation took place at 55-60ºF in small stainless steel vessels to preserve the delicate fruit flavors. Then the wine was left on the lees for 8 months.
- 90 Points -
Good assembly Rhone-type (Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier), full-bodied and robust, aromatic without being exuberant, to mature and quite opulent fruit.See detailed press review
- 16 Points -
jancis Robinson, February 2015
Francis Ford Coppola decided on the name, which is the name of the area of his hotel in Belize. In the 1990s it was a Chardonnay, then changed to a 35% Roussanne, 34% Marsanne and 31% Viognier blend from a shaded 8-acre site close to the Mayacamas Mountains. Too cool for reds. A novelty for him (like the Syrah and Zinfandel). No oak. 75% of juice is free-run. Aged on lees.
Fresh and well melded. Floral and honeysuckle of the Rhône varieties. Bone dry. Slightly chewy at present.