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The Story

Rubicon / During the years when American industry was still in its infancy, a tenacious young sea captain named Gustave Niebaum amassed a small fortune in the Alaskan fur trade. Having achieved financial independence at an early age, Niebaum could have simply retired and still commanded respect from his peers. Instead, a longing for missed European traditions compelled him to launch a winemaking business. Well-read and enthusiastic, Niebaum pursued this goal and in 1880 he founded Inglenook with the intention of creating California wines that would be sought by connoisseurs and command prices equal to those of the famous French, German and Spanish wines. Niebaum spared no expense, and procured the very best vineyards, planted noble varietals and designed a winery that was an engineering marvel of its day. Within ten years of founding Inglenook, Niebaum's wines were lauded by the press, both at home and internationally.

In 1975, Francis Coppola came upon the historic Inglenook property in his quest for a quaint summer home where he could make a little wine in the basemant like his grandparents once did. Though far more immense than what he and his family were initially looking for, Coppola was impressed by the estate's natural beauty and mesmerized bu the story of Gustave Niebaum. Feelong somehow connected to the man who shared a similar immigrant story, a love of wine, and also had a successful career outside the agricultural realm, Coppola vowed to reconstruct the great estate by creating Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery.

Situated in Rutherford, one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions in California, the estate strives to preserve traditions of its predecessor by crafting world-class wines. It took more than twenty years to reunite all of the original vineyards and restore winemaking to the Château. Now that this is complete, the estate has progressed into a new era of innovation, choosing to rename the property Rubicon estate after the flagship wine.

When Francis Coppola set out to craft a world-class proprietary red wine using the historic vines of the famed Inglenook property, he found Caesar's march on Rome – "The crossing of the Rubicon" – an appropriate metaphor in its implied "point of no return". Rubicon reflects the unique terrain of the property. Using only 100% organically-farmed grapes sourced directly from the estate vineyards, Rubicon has become a role model for utherford Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Ruby. Anise, blueberries, spices, blackberries, spices, almost juicy nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark berries, anise, spices, long. 94

  • 94p

Deep, dark, ruby red colour. Intense, rich, minty nose with cassis and chocolate. Full-bodied, firm tannic and toasty palate with spicy cassis finish and mouthdrying tannins. A gently robust wine aftertaste. JL 89p (8/2018)

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Rutherford, Napa Valley

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