2012 RC Reserve Magnum

2012 RC Reserve 1.5L

 Over the last few years, we’ve refined our winemaking methods, using smaller boxes for picking, a new destemmer that is gentler on the fruit, thereby causing less oxidation, and we’re applying greater scrutiny during the fermentation process by evaluating individual blocks of fruit daily to determine which will benefit from pump overs. These improvements greatly enhanced the quality of the 2012 vintage, which is sure to go down in the books as one of the best vintages of the decade. The Syrah we harvested was very ripe and concentrated, showing great extraction and tremendous flavor complexity. 

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Inspired by the great Australian heavyweights of Barossa and McLaren Vale as well as by the more pedigreed Syrah-based wines from the Northern Rhone of France, Roman Coppola and the Inglenook winemaking team set out to create a unique Syrah that combined the nuance and texture of the Old World with the powerful fruit of the New World. Rutherford’s temperate climate, alluvial soils and the eastern exposure where the vines are planted at the Inglenook estate offer envious conditions for producing a rich, opulent wine. Roman Coppola designed the label for RC Reserve Syrah, selecting a bold typeface and simple artwork to parallel the pure character and intense flavor of the bottle’s contents.

Tasting Notes

 This intensely aromatic, full-bodied Syrah unleashes a torrent of flavors and fragrances. From scents of blackberries, vanilla, and spices to grilled meats, tobacco leaves, violets, lavender and sandalwood, the voluminous palate delivers layered complex flavors of wild berries, figs, lavender, toffee and caramel. Balanced acidity and silky tannins that coat the palate create a powerful structure and superb integration of these lush flavors show further on the finish.

Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 95% Syrah, 5% Petite Syrah
Alcohol: 14.2%
Vineyard: Gate, S3