In 1975, Francis Ford Coppola purchased the historic Inglenook property, intent on restoring the estate’s legacy of creating world-class wines equal to those that founder Gustave Niebaum and his grandnephew John Daniel Jr. made for decades. Rubicon, the estate’s flagship wine since 1978, is produced from the best estate grown fruit, including the historic Gustave Niebaum Cabernet selection, which was first planted on the property in the 1880s.
Two thousand ten saw one of the coolest growing seasons of the last 30 years. Chilly spring temperatures resulted in slight delays in bud break and bloom, but the weather didn’t affect fruit set or the maturation of clusters through the bloom stage. The consistently cool weather allowed the fruit a slow rate of sugar development and necessitated longer hangtime. This resulted in highly fragrant and flavorful grapes and, subsequently, a more elegant wine.
Rich, round, and elegantly textured, the 2010 Rubicon exudes deep, dark aromas of kirsch, cherries and fruit jam combined with a hint of almonds. The mid-palate unfolds as a powerful combination of ripe fruit, showing tannins of equal intensity. The finale is long, persistent and expressive. To experience the full nature of this wine, one hour of decanting is recommended.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot
Vineyard: Cohn, Gio, Walnut, Apple, Garden, Cask, Creek
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