Wine Advocate 93 points - There have been a number of changes of late at Inglenook, so I was anxious to taste the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask. This wine was first created in 1949 and during that era, through the 50s and early 60s, was considered one of the finest wines of California. This is the best, young Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon I have tasted during my professional career of 35 years. Dense ruby/purple with classic creme de cassis, but underlying minerality and spice box. The wine is full-bodied, but not over-the-top, yet nevertheless authoritative, rich and quite long. There is a thickness and concentration I haven’t seen from this estate in many a year and this wine should age beautifully for 20-25 years at the very minimum.
93+ Points (Oct 2014)
Vinous 92 points - Sweet tobacco, leather, smoke, spices and cedar are all laced together in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask. The 2012 impresses for its aromatics, ripe, silky tannins and overall balance. All the elements fall into place in a graceful, understated Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next decade or so.
Rubicon Estate CASK Cabernet epitomizes the property’s illustrious history and winemaking tradition. Francis and Eleanor Coppola’s 1995 reunification of the estate provided the inspiration to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that would pay tribute to John Daniel, Jr., the grandnephew of founder Gustave Niebaum, who successfully ran Inglenook Winery from 1934 to 1964 and created wines since judged by critics to be among some of the best ever produced.
|Cask Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in small five-ton fermenters and pumped over four to five times a day to encourage vigorous fermentation for the first four days of the fermentation process. For the next week the pump-overs slow to once or twice a day. This process maximizes the extraction of vibrant color and optimal flavor from the must. Upon completion of the fermentation process, the wine and must is pressed and racked into 500-L American oak puncheons for twenty-four months of aging. This technique harks back to the traditional aging process of John Daniel Jr. and the Inglenook Cask wines of the Estate’s past.