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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...
The 2014 is bigger, denser and heavier concentration than previous vintages of this wine.1882 Cabernet Sauvignon, opens intensely with an alluring nose featuring notes of cassis, sandalwood, cigar box, black currants, spice and vanilla. To retain the aromatic quality of the varietals, 1882 is aged in 1 to 2-year-old oak, making wood less influential on the wine. On the palate there is a rush of tannin and big bold start of lush black fruits that flow easily over the structure. Generous and long, the flavors are well defined, elevated by a pluck of natural acidity. The wine finishes fresh with forestry floral notes and a hint of wood and herbs.
1882 was the first vintage produced by Gustave Niebaum on the estate that would become one of the most renowned wineries in the New World – Inglenook. In the same year, Niebaum dug a small cave in the foothills of the Mayacamas to experiment and better understand temperature ideals for barrel aging. Niebaum’s vision was legendary and his inquisitive search for perfection pioneered many initiatives of the modern-day Napa Valley. Today, Inglenook lies in the heart of the famous Rutherford Bench, offering an unparalleled wealth of quality fruit, richness and minerality from this unique terroir. 1882, made exclusively from estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, has been created to honor Gustave.
- 92 Points -
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 is a delicious entry-level wine from Inglenook. Plump, juicy and voluptuous in the glass, the 1882 is done in a forward, fruit-driven style that will deliver considerable pleasure.See detailed press review