Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Just arrived!!!  Inglenook Cabernet was previously known as  Coppola CASK Cabernet Sauvignon, and is made from 100% estate bottled Napa fruit. A tribute to the historic world-renowned Inglenook 1941 vintage produced from vines brought from Bordeaux by Gustave Niebaum, this estate-grown wine is blended with prime lots of Cabernet Sauvignon from the same vineyards used for Rubicon.

2013 is a stellar vintage which had a very dry growing season very high quality Cabernet fruit with tremendous concentration, balance and fragrance. Over the last few years, Inglenook has refined their Cabernet Sauvignon program, using smaller boxes for picking, a new destemmer that is gentler on the fruit, and greater scrutiny during the fermentation process by evaluating individual blocks of fruit daily to determine which will benefit from pump overs. Also, this vintage, Inglenook implemented by-the-hour pay for our pickers rather than by-the-ton, as an additional quality measure that encourages the vineyard staff to pick more slowly, be gentler with the fruit, and focus on selecting higher quality clusters as a means of pre-sorting. These methods have greatly enhanced the quality of their Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike Rubicon, which is aged exclusively in French oak, Inglenook ages this Cabernet in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months, with a large percentage of new oak to support the tannin structure. 

The 2013 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon is a voluminous wine with upfront sweetness and fine, powdery tannins that develop intensity. Highly aromatic and immediately expressive, the palate reflects the nose with fragrant nuances of red and black fruits that include raspberries, cherries, blueberries, plums and blackberries, all enlivened by exotic spices, notes of tobacco, and a touch of dark chocolate. This is a big wine, one that demonstrates great texture, a freshness brought about by balanced natural acidity, and a long, rapturous finish. It will continue to evolve over the next 10-20 years.
Appellation: Rutherford, CA
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot 
Barrel Regimen: 18 months; 90% French Oak, 10% American Oak; 50% New Oak, 50% Used Oak
Category Red Wine
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Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Inglenook
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
  • was95

Wine & SpiritsThis is the wine formerly known as Cask. In 2013, it benefited from the viticultural work Philippe Bascaules and his team undertook to help the vines ripen their fruit more efficiently. Presented as a selection of the best lots that remain in the cellar after the blending of Rubicon, it ages in a combination of French (90 percent) and American oak, half of it new. It's a remarkably gracious 2013, elegant and bright, with crunchy cool fruit that feels supercharged by the Rutherford tannins, a gravelly growl of energy. Those dark tannins shade the brightness of the fruit, even as the fruit adds tension and verticality to their richness. If you collect Napa Valley cabernet, this is a wine to cellar, especially at the price.

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VinousThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is exquisitely layered and nuanced, yet also captures plenty of the vintage's intensity and pure power. Inky dark fruit, licorice, dark spices, menthol and new leather are all laced together in a super attractive, mid-weight wine loaded with nuance and personality. With time in the glass, the 2013 blossoms nicely and acquires more savory, cedar, tobacco and underbrush notes.

Antonio Galloni, March 15, 2017
  • js93

James SucklingAromas of blueberries, blackberries and minerals. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Linear and crisp. Drink or hold.

  • we92

Wine EnthusiastTouches of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot contribute to this wine's overall complexity. The cuvée formerly known as "Cask," it now emphasizes the historic estate property. Red currant and cedar notes and firm tannins strike first, as bright, underlying acidity provides balance. Tobacco leaf and chocolate flavors mark the long finish.

Virginie Boone, December 1, 2017
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (14.3% alcohol) a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot. The wine shows good firmness, ripeness and richness, a dark ruby/purple color, excellent texture and purity but seems to lack that extra spark and wow factor that one expects from such a great terroir. Drink now-2030.

Robert Parker, December 30, 2015
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Wine SpectatorRuggedly tannic and trim, with an austere tension between the firm tannins, snappy fruit notes and tangy acidity, this is really a cellar-made effort that may well reward, as the blackberry and wild berry flavors are about as tightly wound as possible. Drink now through 2030. 10,000 cases made.

James Laube, 2016

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