Inglenook Red "Rubicon" 2012 (Rutherford, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 95] [AG 94]

Inglenook Red "Rubicon" 2012
(Rutherford, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 95] [AG 94]

Regular price $240.00 Sale price $169.99 Save $70.01

RP95 AG94
Notes from the Winemaker:

Over the last few vintages, we’ve continued to refine the methods we use in crafting Rubicon in order to create the most elegant wine possible. In addition to now being even more discerning about the selections that go into Rubicon, we’ve purchased new equipment we think will be even more gentle on the fruit, and we have further improved our fermentation techniques. Our 2010 Rubicon was barrel-aged in our caves for 20 months.

Tasting Notes:
Captivating and complex, the 2012 Rubicon boasts very pronounced dark fruit with aromas of currants, black cherries, blackberries, cinnamon, floral notes and the freshness of thyme and other sweet herbs. The palate shows great volume and nicely integrated flavors, fine grained tannins and subtle oak that works beautifully with the fruit. There is softness and delicacy with layered complexity that is constantly evolving. The finish is long and expressive.

Technical Data:
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA
Ensemble: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot
Aging: 100% French Oak; 75% New Oak
Total Alcohol: 14.5
Vineyard: Pritchard Hill, Creek, Gio, Garden, Cohn

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon, which used to be a proprietary blend and had a somewhat rustic, Italian personality, has now been put under the Inglenook Vineyard designation. Where the Cabernet Sauvignon was a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the Rubicon has abandoned any Italian varietals in favor of a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. I think it’s safe to say this is potentially the best Rubicon made to date. It’s not to denigrate other vintages, but there is a finesse and elegance combined with great richness and an avoidance of any rusticity that plagued some of the other vintages – which is to be admired. At three times the price, it’s not three times the wine of the Cask Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses a dense purple color, beautiful, sweet crème de cassis notes with a floral underpinning. I don’t see any of the Rutherford dust, per se, but there is an undertone of earthiness. The wine is full-bodied, rich, potentially complex and certainly capable of lasting 20 to 30 or more years. This is a great young Rubicon that will have its peak in 5-7 years and last 25-30." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2014)

94 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is gorgeous. Dark red cherries, plums, licorice and leather blossom as this rich, resonant wine opens up in the glass. Pliant and super-expressive, yet very much medium in body, the 2012 will drink beautifully for the next 10-15 years, perhaps longer. The polished, refined finish makes it hard to resist a second taste." -- Antonio Galloni (Dec 2014)