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2012 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask

Back in Its Future
January 15, 2017

 

Oncle Vincent

 "the best, young Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon I have tasted during my professional career of 35 years"

- Robert Parker

The Inglenook Estate which had been founded by Gustave Niebaum in 1882, was an icon and reference for Napa Cabernet in the 1940s and 1950s. In Napa's post-Prohibition renaissance, Cabernets were quite consciously modeled after the measured greatness of the best chateaus of Bordeaux, not at all the blockbusters that catch the attention of today's critics.  

In the 60s Inglenook was bought by a conglomerate. Without the inspiration of a passionate owner the wines lost their brilliance. Inglenook commenced a sad decline to a marketer-driven supermarket-brand.

Movie director Francis Ford Coppolla brought to wine with the same passion of his films. In 1975 he bought part of the old Inglenook estate and began to produce his Rubicon under then Niebaum-Coppola label. The first releases were big brawny wines in the  fashion of the day. In the 90s he bought more of the estate and in 2011 made two momentous moves.

He bought back the Inglenook name and he hired Philippe Bascaules, long-time estate manager at Ch. Margaux working with its legendary Paul Pontallier. The aim - to restore Inglenook to its former prominence.

This week I got to taste the new release of the 2012 Inglenook Cask Cabernet Sauvignon. It does not, it can not duplicate the Inglenook of 70 years ago. There have been too many changes in climate, vineyard and technique since then. 

But it does capture something of the essence of those wines. Smooth textured and round, it has balance and poise, a silky, graceful femininity. I don't think it it is too fanciful to say that it is Margaux compared to the craggy St. Estephes of many other Napa Cabernets.

it is a beautiful wine with a sweet resilient texture and dark currant flavors that are concentrated without being flamboyant . You can drink it now or cellar it for a decade.

2012 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask; Aroma: soft and inviting, brooding, rather dense very deep  & reserved, cigar box; Mouth: thick dense; ripe acid, expansive, sweet dark currant, bright forward , smooth, lingering deep graphite; Excellent - Outstanding  

$79; Case of 6 in wood $399 (66.50)

10 cases only

 

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