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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Inglenook Rubicon 2004
Inglenook Rubicon 2004
(search item no. 94690)
collectible wine
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $119.00

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
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 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
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:

All Rubicon Estate vineyards are harvested by hand in the early morning. The grapes arrive at the winery in small bins and the fruit is hand-sorted before crushing. A second sorting of the must removes any remaining leaves or pieces of broken stems. The must is allowed to ‘cold soak' for three to five days prior to the onset of natural fermentation. Depending on the age of the vineyard and quality of the tannins, macerations may vary from one to three weeks. Rubicon is fermented in wooden Taransaud open-top tanks which hold the natural warmth of the fermentation longer into the maceration. This allows the new wine to stabilize color and increase the mouthfeel of the new wine. Both traditional punch-downs (early stages of fermentation) and pump-overs are used, resulting in ultra-dense, coating and supple tannins.

Rubicon is characterized by aromas of black sour cherries and violets. These flavors are confirmed on the palate with the addition of black currant, wild berries and sweet vanilla from aging in 100% new French oak barrels. There is an immediate sense of concentration on the mid palate with a luxurious and dense texture. While this wine is approachable now, it will develop further complexity with cellaring, easily fifteen to twenty-five years or more. This is one for the cellar.

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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.