||| |$199 | 2016 Inglenook Rubicon


Inglenook, purchased by Captain Gustave Niebaum in 1879 as his dream site for a winery to rival the very best European chateaus, celebrates its first vintage in 1882. Conceived to be a state-of-the-art facility, the Chateau’s design is based on gravity-flow, one of the first of its type in Napa Valley, and includes an early form of rebar—using cable from cable-cars in San Francisco—to stave off earthquake tremors and to help the building shift safely during the crush process. True to his fastidious nature in each step of the winemaking process, Niebaum devises California’s first grape-sorting table and also installs the state’s first bottling line to ensure the wines’ provenance from growth to bottle, the latter always bearing the California Pure Wine Stamp and secured with an intricate wire maze to guarantee the wine’s integrity.

Since its inaugural vintage in 1978, Rubicon has been the Estate’s premier red wine, reflecting the soul of the property and expressing Francis Coppola’s wish to create a Bordeaux-styled grand wine, that is: “a wine that can please contemporary taste, but with a historical aspect [that defines] our vineyards at their zenith.”

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is powerful, dark and unctuous, while retaining a super-classic sense of structure. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, leather, spice and menthol infuse the 2016 with striking textural depth and sweetness.”

18 months in French oak, 75% new

97 Points James Suckling
97 Points Antonio Galloni
96 Points Jeb Dunnuck

Only 24 bottles available
Standard Retail: $229 per bottle
Foxcroft Online: $199 per bottle

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