Inglenook Rubicon 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Rutherford|
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is another wine that has turned out very well. In this vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Rubicon aren't that materially different. Red fruit, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, menthol and licorice all develop in the glass. Here, too, I am quite impressed with the wine's freshness.
Made from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this grand estate wine is floral and well integrated, the tannins grippy yet refined. Iron, graphite, currant and cedar all play a part, with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and dried herb offering contrast and complexity. Enjoy best from 2027 through 2037.
This is slightly taut in feel at first, offering red and black currant and cherry fruit spliced with singed cedar and grilled savory notes, ending with a slightly firm edge. But with some coaxing and air, the fruit shows more generosity, while the finish allows floral and mineral hints to show themselves. A restrained style worth cellaring, and a solid effort for the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2031. 4,200 cases made.