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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2007
Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2007
(search item no. 109026)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

Only one of every four acres of Cabernet we grow on the Estate is deemed worthy of becoming part of Rubicon. Even in extraordinary vintages such as this one, where all of the fruit is of a very high quality, certain lots will stand apart and express a special complexity. And, though nearly all vintages of Rubicon contain Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, our Cabernet Sauvignon was so expressive this year and had such a lush texture on its own, we did not feel the need to add Merlot to the blend. The addition of the highly colored, high energy Petit Verdot added immediate mouthfeel and seamless texture to the Cabernets. Furthermore, because of the intense concentration of flavors in our fruit, only small quantities of Cabernet Franc were included. The wine was then aged in new French oak barrels for twenty months, to soften the tannins.

Opulent and richly textured, our 2007 Rubicon has a velvety mouthfeel with wellintegrated tannins. Dark, decadent flavors of black sour cherries, crushed wild berries, and black currants create a foundation upon which rest alluring notes of vanilla, spices, violets, and tobacco leaves. Though this vintage seems ready to enjoy now, the power and purity of our 2007 Rubicon will allow it to age for 20+ years.

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About Inglenook:

In 1879, Finnish explorer and adventurer Gustave Niebaum searched the Napa Valley with the goal of establishing a wine estate to rival the finest chateau of France. For decades his wines won acclaim and remain some of the most admired in American wine history's classic period. By the mid-1960's, his property was divided, and estate-wine production ceased.

A decade later, Francis Ford Coppola purchased 1,500 acres of this historic property and revived Captain Niebaum's fine winemaking tradition. In 1995, Niebaum-Coppola acquired the remainder of the property and restored the Inglenook Estate to its original dimensions.