1882 was the first vintage produced by Inglenook founder Gustave Niebaum. That same year, Niebaum dug a small cave into the Mayacamas foothills on the back property of the estate in his quest for optimal barrel aging conditions. This wine pays tribute to Captain Niebaum, whose spirit of innovation and exploration continues to live on at Inglenook.
A winter with average rainfall, following four years of drought, provided ample soil moisture to kick off the 2016 growing season. Early spring was warm, triggering rapid, healthy canopy growth. Average late-spring temperatures and limited rainfall reduced the risk of frost during mid-May bloom, ensuring average yields. June closed with a heat spell, slowing vine canopy growth at the ideal time. The harvest for 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 took place under optimum conditions from September 12th through October 10th.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Petit Verdot 7% Syrah 2% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months 15% New French Oak 85% Neutral French and American Oak
Vineyard: Chateau, Cohn, Red Barn, Lower Garden, Gate, La Lomita
Bottle Date: Jan 2013
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