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2017 Inglenook Rubicon
While the history of the Inglenook estate dates back to 1873, the modern rejuvenation of the property began when Francis Ford Coppola purchased a portion of the vineyards in 1975. He vowed to reunite the various parcels of land, along with the historic Chateau, and restore the reputation Inglenook enjoyed earlier in its life. With input from esteemed Bordeaux consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, and Philippe Bascaules (Chateau Margaux), Inglenook is now firmly one of the leading properties in Napa Valley.
Inglenook’s flagship wine the Rubicon is made from a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Impenetrable inky black in colour with a deep bright dark red black tinged hue. Ripe blackcurrant and liquorice scents are sent sailing out of the glass followed by hints of blueberry, vanillin cedar, subtle dark chocolate, traces of scorched earth and spicy dried herbs. Full in body yet possessing plenty of the estates hallmark freshness, rich blackcurrant, dark to black cherry and liquorice fruits adorn the palate, carried by a polished yet firm matrix of tannins. Tightly knit finish with elements of vanillin cedar, subtle dusty earth, faint black olive and spice also evident. Concludes long and very refined.
Cellar 10-15 years.
This shows a wonderful core of ripe fruit with berry and currant character. Hints of spices and tobacco. Some cedar. Full-bodied, creamy and rich. Fresh. Beautiful length. Drink after 2022, but already so delicious.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is another wine that has turned out very well. In this vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Rubicon aren't that materially different. Red fruit, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, menthol and licorice all develop in the glass. Here, too, I am quite impressed with the wine's freshness.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous