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 that founder Gustave Niebaum and his grandnephew John Daniel Jr. made for decades. Rubicon, the estate’s premier wine since 1978, is produced from the best estate grown fruit, including the historic Gustave Niebaum Cabernet Sauvignon selection, which was first planted on the property in the 1880s.
A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple coloured 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon bursts out of the glass with exuberant Chinese five-spice, baked plums and crème de cassis notes with suggestions of sandalwood, dried mulberries, kirsch and menthol plus a touch of cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with loads of spicy flavours and fantastic freshness, framed by chewy tannins and finishing on a lingering earthy note. 3, 622 cases produced. [94 Point, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2018, robertparker.com]