Today we are delighted to release another leading Napa cult wine, one whose current and historical renown make it special. The Estate is Inglenook, formerly known as Rubicon Estate Winery and Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery. In 2014, the Estate’s leading wine, Rubicon has been awarded 95+ points from the Wine Advocate, 97 points from James Suckling and 95 points from Antonio Galloni. This leading Napa wine offers real value; today’s pre-release price of £720 per case of six is extremely compelling. The 2014 is the first vintage since the Estate has taken the decision to move its distribution to the Place de Bordeaux. This distribution will strengthen its global cachet, particularly in Asia. Remarkably, despite this change, today’s price is only 6% higher than the 2013 which we released for £680 in January last year. The 2013 now trades at £875, reflecting a 28% increase. As such the 2014 offers a 17% discount to the 2013 and a 14% discount to the 2012. It continues to offer excellent value on release, at a very assessable price point for a leading cult Napa.
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The Estate is the legacy of a Finnish Sea Captain, Entrepreneur and wine connoisseur, Gustave Niebaum, who founded Inglenook in 1879. His vision was to build an Estate, which would rival the great Estates of Europe, in particular the Grand Cru of Bordeaux. He purchased the Estate which is sited in Rutherford, one of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Niebaum’s Grand-nephew, John Daniel Jr., inherited the Estate in the 1930s, by which time it had already achieved international praise. However, it was in 1975 when Francis and Eleanor Coppola purchased the Inglenook property that its electric modern history began. In 1995 Coppola reunited the two original Inglenook parcels by purchasing the grand Inglenook Chateau, which neighbors other great vineyards such as Heitz Wine Cellars and Martha’s Vineyard. It is a romantic notion that allegedly this acquisition was made from the proceeds of The Godfather Part II. He renamed the winery Rubicon Estate in 2006, which he then reverted to Inglenook in 2011. The bottle design has been through as many incarnations, the current design is a replica of the post prohibition era label, the fabled 1941 vintage which took Europe by storm.
Rubicon, as it is known now, has been the Estate’s flagship wine since 1978. It is constructed from the best fruit grown on the Estate, including Cabernet Sauvignon selections planted by Niebaum in the 1880s. All grapes are harvested from organically grown plots on the Estate. Rubicon spends 18 months in French oak of which 75% is new. The long serving winemaker, Scott McLeod left in 2009 when the winemaking guru Stephane Derenoncourt came on as a consultant. In 2011, Chateau Margaux’s Philippe Bascaules became the Estate manager and winemaker. Stylistically Rubicon continues to be an Old World style Napa, with much more balance, minerality and savoury tones than many Napa bombs. In fact, for this reason Robert Parker has not historically awarded it one of his uber scores. This is good news, it has meant the price remains sensible. In 2014, the blend is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is one of their finest ever and the wine is on an upward trajectory.
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