Inglenook Cask Cabernet 2012 75cl

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Country USA
Region California
Brand Inglenook
Grape Variety Zinfandel
Size 75cl
ABV 14.5%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2016
Maturity Drink or keep
Food Match Almost any red meat, especially served rare
Style Full, meaty, supple long lasting tannins

Inglenook CASK wines, which were originally produced between 1934 and 1964, have been judged by critics to be among the best Cabernets ever made. In 1975, Francis Ford Coppola purchased the historic Inglenook property, intent on restoring the estate’s legacy of creating world-class wines equal to those, founder Gustave Niebaum and his grandnephew John Daniel Jr. made for decades. Since 1995, the Coppola family has produced a new era of CASK wines that are crafted in the same spirit as those made more than half a century ago. 

2012 was one of the best vintages in recent history because of near perfect climate conditions. The entire season was marked by moderate temperatures, which lasted through September and October. Having no heat spikes or rain to contend with in the fall allowed the fruit to hang on the vines longer, giving the grapes better concentration and ripeness as well as more textural dimension and flavour complexity.

 On the nose, black cherries, strawberries, and raspberries create a rich perfume that’s enlivened by notes of violets and baking spices. There’s an exceptional balance of ripeness, not overdone or underdone, enhanced by moderate acidity, even development on the palate, and impressions of blueberry cream and black raspberries. This wine is meaty. Supple, long lasting tannins frame richly textured flavours that linger on the finish.

 Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot

Purchase today for your cellar as this will drink beautifully for the next 15+ years.

Country Of Origin: USA

In 1975 Francis Coppola went in search of a summer home to escape the hustle of the film industry somewhere to enjoy some downtime with his family and make a little wine. He did not expect to become part of one of Napa's greatest stories. The property he stumbled upon that day was Inglenook Estate, one of the oldest properties in Napa which had been created by Gustav Niebaum - a young Finnish sea-captain in 1880.

In spite of closure during prohibition Inglenook had continued to make sensational wines; indeed the 1941 Inglenook Cabernet was much later included in a list of the ten greatest wines ever by Decanter Magazine. Sadly following the death of Niebaum's grand-nephew the property fell upon hard times and eventually the Inglenook name was lost to the property and a number of the vineyard blocks were sold off.

When Francis Coppola took on the property he bought much more than a summer house. His passion for the Inglenook story has gradually led to him reuniting all the lost parcels of vineyard re-creating the original estate. With the purchase of the Inglenook name in 2011, the final piece of the jigsaw has been the appointment of Philippe Bascaules direct from Ch Margaux to oversee the entire operation. Inglenook looks set fair to regain its rightful place amongst the very best wines from anywhere in the world.

Country Of Origin: USA

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