(From 2010 Vintage) Previously this wine was known as CASK Cabernet Sauvignon. Inglenook will now refer to this wine as Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a tribute to the historic world-renowned Inglenook 1941 vintage, produced by John Daniel, Jr. from vines brought to the Inglenook Estate from Bordeaux by Gustave Niebaum. Today, this estate-grown wine is blended with the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon that remain after the highly selective blending of Rubicon.
(From 2009 Vintage) Over the last few years, we’ve refined our Cabernet Sauvignon program, using smaller boxes for picking, a new destemmer that is gentler on the fruit, and we apply greater scrutiny during the fermentation process by evaluating individual blocks of fruit daily to determine which will benefit from pump overs. Also, this vintage, we implemented by-the-hour pay for our pickers rather than by-the-ton, as an additional quality measure that encourages our 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 our Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike Rubicon, which is aged exclusively in French oak, we age our Inglenook Cabernet in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months, this year using a large percentage of new oak to support the tannin structure.
Rubicon Cask is their finest expression of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from this historic estate in Rutherford. Originally the Niebaum estate, wine grapes have been grown on this property since the 1800's. Grapes for this wine were sourced from two vineyards, the Cohn and the Chateau, right in the Rutherford bench. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 95 points saying "Gorgeous, elegant and ageworthy. With a softly tannic structure, it’s drinkable now, but should age and gain complexity for 10 years. Dry and smooth, it has complex flavors of blackberries, black cherries, currants, red licorice, cola and oak. Give it some time to breathe. Now–2017.
Our 2006 CASK Cabernet has an exceptional aromatic quality and luscious flavors of red cherries and blackberries as well as plum and cocoa on the mid-palate. With its soft, lingering finish, the wine is easy to enjoy now with roasted or grilled meats, pasta and cheeses. It is a classic representation of Rutherford Cabernet.
5/1/10: Tasted at the Arroyo Trabuco Wine tasting. Bought six bottles. Tastes great. Good body. Spicy. Finishes well. This wine usually sells for $44+.
Drink with a heavy meal. Red meat and/or pasta dish.
Great with a stuffed pork chop. Smooth finish.
Red cherries, blackberries, plum, cocoa.
Louise found it harsh and tart
not as good as stagleap
dry earthy spicy
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/05