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.
In 2017, our organically farmed estate vineyard received bountiful rainfall throughout winter and spring – nearly 50 inches. Fueled by the abundant rain, bud break occurred ten days earlier than it had the previous year, which foreshadowed an earlier harvest. Temperatures throughout the growing season were steady, except for three brief periods of heat during the summer. Harvest for the 2017 Niebaum-Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 began in early September and concluded by month’s end, allowing our crew to pick at optimal ripeness.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Franc 2% Malbec
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months 15% New French Oak 85% Neutral French and American Oak
Vineyard: Chateau, Cohn, Creek, Gate, Red Barn, Small Block
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