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Inglenook and Rubicon - An Iconic Napa Winery Reborn

Tasters of a certain age were surprised by at seeing the Inglenook name on the labels of such fine wines .
September 18, 2019


A word of explanation.

As its golden age came to a close in the 70s, Inglenook was repeatedly sold, ending up in the clutches of a wine conglomerate. In what I think of as the iron law of California brand entropy, it suffered repeated “brand extensions” and by the 90s became a label for large bottles of jug wines. Francis Ford Coppola was not able to regain the name Inglenook until 2011, which with his sense of history and tradition, he restored to its original purpose.

With mush risk and investment, and the input of Bordeaux consultant Stephan Derenencourt and under the direction of Philippe Bascaules of Ch. Margaux  current Inglenooks are now muich like the originals, tempering power with purity and grace, rivalling some of the best wines of Bordeaux

Last week’s tasters agreed, judging by the quantity purchased, especially those of the the Inglenook Cask and Rubicon.



2016 Inglenook Sauvignon Blanc; Aroma: fresh crisp, rather clean, fine, low melon, clean pretty, light fresh; Mouth: juicy rather lemony, bright, juicy acid, ratter clean, tight firm, lemon finish; Very Good Plus 46.99; Mixed Case, 42.29; Case, 39.94



2015 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel; Aroma: very rich and heady, heady , very dense full, ; Mouth: juicy rather oaky bright, clean , tangy, spicy & linear; Very Good Excellent 58.99; Mixed Case, 53.09; Case, 50.14

2014 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 1882; Color: medium dark opaque, ; Aroma: sweet woody spice, , nicely directly intense, rather bright; Mouth: smooth, clean, fine acid , strong, rather bright clean very fine tannins, palate staining tannins on the finish, very long; Excellent 44.99; Mixed Case, 40.49; Case, 38.24

2014 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask; Color: very dark black; Aroma: lightly heady rather dense, , deep chocolate, , lightly earthy, restrained, Rutherford dust, , deep currant; Mouth: clean rather form, lightly sweet very pretty, fine acid tannins, , fine well defined acidity, clean, nicely herbal on the finish; Excellent - Outstanding 80; Mixed Case, 72; Case, 68

 2014 Rubicon Robert Parker 2016 “has a saturated black/purple color and a nose of blackberry and cassis with some camphor and charcoal. Chewy, rich and full-bodied, with exceptional precision and personality, this is a stunningly delicious and complex wine with a good 25-30 years of further potential. … Approachable already, this wine won’t hit its stride for another decade and will last 30 or more years.” $195; Mixed Case, 175.5, case 165.75


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           - Len Rothenberg