Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The 2005 CASK Cabernet has layers of ripe, red cherries, plum, vanilla, cocoa, and toast. The wine is remarkable now, especially if served with intensely flavored meats or cheeses, but it also can be aged for 10 years or more. This is a monumental vintage for CASK.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Black-garnet hue with a ruby rim. Upfront aromas of black cherry, coffee bean and graphite. Opulent cherry-chocolate flavors laced with minerals and youthful wood tannins. Stylish, lasting finish showcases purity of fruit (98% cabernet/2% petit verdot), balance and structure."
Wine Enthusiast - "Lots of new, smoky oak stands out on this polished Cab. Give it a little time in a decanter before you drink, as it pulls together, becoming more powerful and accenting the blackberry and cherry flavors. Should develop for a decade"
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. View all Inglenook Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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12 ratings, 10 with reviewsEl Rippo - Harvey, ND55/13/2009This wine is every thing they say it is very good especially after it has breathed for awhile.Eric Price - Tempe, AZ510/4/2009Simply marvelous, needs to breath. Fantastic grape.Frederick Lau - Farmingdale, NY58/31/2011Randy Blanton - Kyle, TX37/3/2011Alan Hamlin - Albuquerque, NM53/31/2011
Great Blue Fruit flavor with a touch of cedar. Agree with other ratings that it needs to breath (about 30 minutes to one hour). Has the tannic structure to stand up over time (5-7 more years). Wine making style consistent with past vintage. If you love this wine, like me, you will always love this wine, especially in superb vintages. Wish I ordered more when I had the chance. Eagerly awaiting the 2007Amelia Hatchard - Jackson, WY49/15/2009a little bit too much tannin for me...not as smooth as I likeMadDog - Norwalk, CA511/27/2009I served this wine at a small gathering of friends. I could tell just by the smell of the cork this was going to be good. It was full bodied and hearty yet very smooth and fruity. We wanted to open my 2nd bottle but I am saving that for an 8 year taste comparison.512/13/2009I admit some of my enjoyment in this wine is based on it being organic. That aside it is a great wine which is nicely balanced.Amba Kasturi - Port Chester, NY411/30/2009I'm glad someone else found this wine interesting enough to cellar for a 8 year comparison. I thought it was an excellent mid range: substantial body and character without overly narrow appeal. This is a perfect classy affordable wine for everyday use: hosting/gifting. I only buy my wine wholesale, so $100/per case to test 12 bottles is excellent. I open the first two over the course of the week as a diagnostic, test a few more with meals and friends, and cellar the remaining half for tasting in the future. So economical and fun!Eric Price - Tempe, AZ49/1/2009This is as good as it gets. A little pricey, but then again: you pay for what you get. Brought it on sale, if I had more mad money I would buy another case.43/30/2010I am not a big Cab drinker, but I really enjoyed Cask from Rutherford. Very silky with a little spice.. Excellent with the Italian dinner I served it with- a hearty ragu with pasta and an osso bucco.19/1/2009Bottle had leakage from cork, seal was not air tight. So I will reserve judgment of wine until I open another bottle
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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