2018 Inglenook, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley, USA

2018 Inglenook, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley, USA

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2018 Inglenook, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley, USA

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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is all understatement. In this tasting, it is a bit quiet, with less exuberance than in some recent vintages. Dark red cherry, mocha, spice, cedar and licorice all open with a bit of time in the glass. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well pretty much upon release.

Drink 2023 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Feb 2021)

This wine will be delivered by Spring 2022

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson95/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100
Wine Advocate90/100
James Suckling95/100
Jeb Dunnuck93/100
Jane Anson95/100
Powerful, nuanced, smoky, plenty of savoury Cabernet Sauvignon flavours from rose stems and tobacco leaf to richer raspberry, cassis and black chocolate. Nothing overly sweet, plenty of spice with tannic squeeze and lift. All aged in French oak barrels, 43% new. Philippe Bascaules winemaking director.

Drink 2024 - 2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com (Sept 2021) Read more
Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is all understatement. In this tasting, it is a bit quiet, with less exuberance than in some recent vintages. Dark red cherry, mocha, spice, cedar and licorice all open with a bit of time in the glass. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well pretty much upon release.

Drink 2023 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Feb 2021) Read more
Wine Advocate90/100
Blended of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon rocks up with ready for business scents of stewed plums, Black Forest cake, warm cassis and pencil lead with wafts of forest floor, dried Mediterranean herbs and black olives. The medium-bodied palate is chewy and refreshing with tightly wound red and black fruit layers and an herbal lift on the finish.

Drink 2020 - 2033

Lisa Perrottti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Nov 2020) Read more
James Suckling95/100
Full-bodied with lots of layered fruit and round, creamy tannins. The palate shows lovely ripe-berry character with chocolate and hazelnut and a long, flavorful finish. Hints of black truffles. Plenty going on here with a firm framework that gives the wine form and interest. Try it after 2022.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Feb 2021) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck93/100
A darker, meatier wine than the Rubicon release, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon offers lots of blackcurrants, leafy tobacco, chocolate, and damp earth-like aromas to go with a medium to full-bodied, mouth-filling, concentrated style on the palate. It shows the vintage’s purity as well as its freshness, yet brings a rich, expansive vibe that's a joy to drink. Give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades.

Drink 2024 - 2045

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (Jan 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Inglenook

Inglenook

Inglenook was established in the top-rated Rutherford appellation in Napa Valley in 1879 by a Finnish sea captain, Gustave Niebaum. After a chequered history, which included the winery shutting down during prohibition, the estate regained its original reputation for producing very fine wine during the 1940s when it was owned by John Daniel.

In 1975 film director Francis Ford Coppola purchased the majority of the acreage under vine, using his profits from The Godfather films. He named the wines made during his ownership Niebaum Coppola, and in 1995 purchased the totality of the estate.

Finally, in 2008, Coppola was able to purchase the trademark of Inglenook, and announced that from that moment onwards the wines would all once again be known by their original name of Inglenook. The first such release was the 2008 vintage. The consulting oenologist here is the celebrated Stephane Derenencourt, who has done so much to refine the production in a clutch of top-class Bordeaux chateaux.

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Cab.Sauvignon

Cab.Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

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