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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...
Aromas of black cherries, strawberries, and raspberries create a rich perfume laced with notes of violets and baking spices. There’s an exceptional balance of ripeness enhanced by moderate acidity, even development on the palate, and impressions of blueberry cream and black raspberries. This wine is weighty yet supple, with long lasting tannins and a lingering finish.
Winemaking techniques have been further refined by using smaller trays during harvest, a gentler destemmer that minimizes oxidation, and applying greater scrutiny during the fermentation process. Blocks of fruit are evaluated daily to optimize pump overs.
- 96 Points -
A powerful, vibrant wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon shows the pedigree of this historic Rutherford vineyard. Remarkably light on its feet for such a big wine, the 2013 offers exceptional depth and pedigree from the very first taste. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2013 manages to remain polished and vibrant.See detailed press review
- 95 Points -
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is exquisitely layered and nuanced, yet also captures plenty of the vintage's intensity and pure power. Inky dark fruit, licorice, dark spices, menthol and new leather are all laced together in a super attractive, mid-weight wine loaded with nuance and personality. With time in the glass, the 2013 blossoms nicely and acquires more savory, cedar, tobacco and underbrush notes.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
A wine with ultra-fine tannins, silky texture and light walnut skin undertones. Full-bodied, yet extremely balanced and pretty. Fresher than the 2012, giving it tension and focus. Second wine of Inglenook.See detailed press review