Inglenook, "1882" 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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Origin: Chateau Blocks Vineyard, Rutherford, Califnornia, U.S.A.
Blend: cabernet sauvignon (93%), cabernet franc (5%), merlot (2%)
Producer's Notes: In 1882, only three years after purchasing the Inglenook property, Captain Niebaum and his general manager, Hamden W. McIntyre, built a test cellar dug directly into the hillside behind the Captain's residence in order to investigate optimal barrel aging conditions. Inglenook's debut vintage of its 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon in 2012 was made as a tribute to the Captain's foresight and innovative spirit that led him toward achieving his goal of creating Napa Valley wines on par with those of the Old World.
Tasting Notes: Our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 is round and consistent with a velvety palate and a sense of “completeness” from the well-developed linear tannins. Highly aromatic and immediately expressive, you’ll find an alluring fragrance of plums, currants, dried cherries, cocoa, and violets followed by smooth flavors of red fruits with a hint of almond. The wine’s complexity is made even more intriguing as the wine finishes with the subtle sweetness of white chocolate. If you choose to enjoy this vintage in its youth, we recommend decanting for 1 hour before serving, otherwise our 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to evolve and drink best in 5 to 10 years.