"a stunningly delicious
and complex wine"
95+ points Robert Parker

New Release | Inglenook Rubicon 2014

The Inglenook vineyard and winery in Napa’s famed Rutherford vineyards are owned by 6-time Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola and have been overseen since 2011 by Philippe Bascaules, Bordeaux legend and former General Manager of Ch Margaux. Bascaules’ influence is evident in the increasingly elegant style and soaring quality of the wines.

We are delighted to offer their newly released “grand vin”, Inglenook Rubicon 2014.

With its blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, Rubicon encapsulates the heights Cabernet Sauvignon can reach in the Napa vineyards. The 2014 is selected from the finest vineyard blocks showcasing the wonderfully warm growing season. The resulting wine has a fine tannic balance and is more approachable than in previous years, almost European in style. It will give delight and pleasure from a relatively early age, but undoubtedly has the quality and concentration to age for decades to come.


The wine will be available for delivery in Winter 2018/2019.

Inglenook Rubicon Napa Valley 2014 
£720.00 per 6 bottles IB

This highlights Napa’s position as one of the great locations in the world for Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense garnet colour. Hints of dark summer pudding fruits with subtle cocoa and Moroccan spice on the nose. A very polished wine, without any excess, it fills the mouth and has an almost silky texture. Lots of purity and a fine degree of subtlety and freshness. A wine which will appeal from a relatively early stage.
Goedhuis & Co

Inglenook's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is dark and quite potent. Inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, chocolate, menthol, licorice and plum give the wine its deep, unctuous personality. Stylistically, the Rubicon is darker, inkier and more voluptuous than the straight Cabernet. Soft tannins and silky contours add to the wine's considerable appeal.
95 points. Antonio Galloni

The proprietary red, the 2014 Rubicon (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) has a saturated black/purple color and a nose of blackberry and cassis with some camphor and charcoal. Chewy, rich and full-bodied, with exceptional precision and personality, this is a stunningly delicious and complex wine with a good 25-30 years of further potential. It is the antithesis of the rustic, somewhat coarse reds that were made under the Rubicon moniker when Francis Ford Coppola first acquired the Inglenook estate. Kudos to him for making dramatic improvements. Approachable already, this wine won’t hit its stride for another decade and will last 30 or more years.
95+ points. Robert Parker

Aromas of blackcurrants, dark chocolate and dried flowers. Very aromatic. Full body, velvety tannins and impressive intensity and richness. Opulent fruit, yet this is still lightly austere and velvety. A beauty every sense of the word. Harmonious, classic wine.
97 points. James Suckling

Notes of briary plum, blackcurrant, dried herbs, graphite and rich soil introduce an elegant, open-knit and nicely balanced wine with fine tannins, juicy acidity and good length through the finish. This has more depth at the core than the 2013 rendition: a step in the right direction for a terroir which has the potential to produce one of Napa Valley's greatest wines.
94 points. William Kelley, Decanter Magazine

More about Inglenook

Inglenook, founded in 1871 by William Watson, George Yount of Yountville’s son-in-law, was always one of the most respected names from Napa’s great Rutherford vineyards. However, despite this extraordinary history and reputation, it is possibly the last 40 years that have been most exciting, firstly for the vineyard and, more recently, for the brand name Inglenook Rubicon.

This part of the story starts in 1975 when Francis Ford Coppola bought the house and a section of the vineyards, with some of the proceeds from The Godfather. Over the following 20 years, he bought the remaining vineyards and estate. He has since made major long-term investment in both the vineyards and winery, and Inglenook once again sits at the top of the Californian hierarchy. Initially he sold his wines under the Niebaum-Coppola name, but in 2011 he was finally able to purchase back the name Inglenook, and so it was that a Californian icon was reborn under the name Inglenook Rubicon.

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