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2012 INGLENOOK VINEYARD RUBICON 750ML
2012 INGLENOOK VINEYARD RUBICON 750ML
 
Bottle Price $178.99
Year 2012
Size 750ML
Color Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country United States

Product Code: 2814171
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RATINGS: 94pts Vinous; 95pts Wine Advocate; 95pts James Suckling

The Inglenook legacy began in 1879 when Gustave Niebaum, a Finnish sea captain, wine connoisseur and entrepreneur, came to Rutherford to build a wine estate that would rival Europe's finest. When Niebaum's grandnephew, John Daniel, Jr. inherited the chateau and vineyards in the 1930s, Inglenook had already earned international acclaim. Francis and Eleanor Coppola purchased the property in 1975 and have spent forty years reuniting the original vineyards, returning winemaking operations to the chateau, and restoring Inglenook's illustrious heritage with the help of renowned wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt and Managing Director and Winemaker Philippe Bascaules. In honor of this estate and its historical significance, we have restored the name, Inglenook.

Tasting Notes: Wine Advocate 95 points- The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon, which used to be a proprietary blend and had a somewhat rustic, Italian personality, has now been put under the Inglenook Vineyard designation. Where the Cabernet Sauvignon was a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the Rubicon has abandoned any Italian varietals in favor of a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. I think it's safe to say this is potentially the best Rubicon made to date. It's not to denigrate other vintages, but there is a finesse and elegance combined with great richness and an avoidance of any rusticity that plagued some of the other vintages which is to be admired. At three times the price, it's not three times the wine of the Cask Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses a dense purple color, beautiful, sweet creme de cassis notes with a floral underpinning. I don't see any of the Rutherford dust, per se, but there is an undertone of earthiness. The wine is full bodied, rich, potentially complex and certainly capable of lasting 20 to 30 or more years. This is a great young Rubicon that will have its peak in 5 7 years and last 25 30..Robert Parker, October/2014

James Suckling 95 points- The aromas of tar, spice, black currant, blueberry and cedar follow through to a full body with ultra polished tannins and pointed flavors. Exceptional balance and finesse. Better in 2019 but already gorgeous..May/2016

Vinous 94 points- The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is gorgeous. Dark red cherries, plums, licorice and leather blossom as this rich, resonant wine opens up in the glass. Pliant and super expressive, yet very much medium in body, the 2012 will drink beautifully for the next 10 15 years, perhaps longer. The polished, refined finish makes it hard to resist a second taste..Antonio Galloni, December/2014
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