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 edge of the estate in his search for optimal barrel aging conditions. We have preserved that special 1882 cave on the estate – an enduring touchstone and symbol of Niebaum’s spirit of innovation and exploration, which continues to live on at Inglenook today.
The 2018 vintage produced a generous crop of excellent quality. Well-timed precipitation in March and April encouraged slow, steady spring shoot development. Moderately warm temperatures throughout the season were ideal for gradual, even ripening of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvest for our 2018 Niebaum-Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 began in the Fountain block next to the historic Inglenook Chateau on September 19th, and continued at a smooth pace, culminating with blocks from our Cohn and Red Barn vineyards on October 18th.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months 11% New French Oak 89% Neutral French Oak
Vineyard: Chateau, Cohn, Red Barn, Small Block
Bottle Date: May 2020
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