GIFT ~ Inglenook ~ 1882 Niebaum Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

GIFT ~ Inglenook ~ 1882 Niebaum Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
£55.00 / bottleincl. postage & packaging

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Country: USA
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine region: Napa Valley
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Type: Red Wines
Wine Type: Wine Gifts / 1 bottle wine packs
Drink: Now to 2027
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

If you fancy trying a bottle of a premium Californian Cabernet Sauvignon then look no further - it also makes a great gift fior a red wine lover. I have just one bottle left.


1882 was the first vintage produced by Gustave Niebaum on the Inglenook estate that has been owned by Francis Ford Coppola for the last 40 years. Niebaum dug a small cave, pictured on the bottle, to understand better the ideal temperature for barrel ageing.

This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon at its best.  2013 is considered one of the best vintages in recent history because of near perfect climate conditions in the Napa Valley, which contributed complexity of flavours, concentration and texture to well-made wines such as this.  A deep ruby colour, this wine displays the classic blackcurrant, pencil shavings and leather of Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose.  Flavours abound; intense black fruits – blackcurrant, blackberries and black cherries - combine with chocolate, cedar and smokiness.

This wine has a lot of oomph; aside from the concentration of flavours, it is full-bodied and dusty tannins are evident on the teeth as you would expect from a relatively young Cabernet Sauvignon.  But it is not classified as a Big & Bold wine because it is fantastically smooth and the alcohol is well integrated. If you are a fan of left bank, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux, you should try this wine; no need to wait several years for it to be approachable; although this will develop further over the next 5 to 10 years, it is drinking beautifully now.  A wine for grown ups!


Food Pairing

This is ideal food wine, though lovely on its own; match with beef (the rarer the better), lamb,  turkey, goose and game; also a good match for mushrooms, hard cheeses and mild blue cheeses

Producer's Notes

"Our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 is round and consistent with a velvety palate and a sense of 'completeness' from the well-developed linear tannins. Highly aromatic and immediately expressive, you’ll find an alluring fragrance of plums, currants, dried cherries, cocoa, and violets followed by smooth flavors of red fruits with a hint of almond. The wine’s complexity is made even more intriguing as the wine finishes with the subtle sweetness of white chocolate. If you choose to enjoy this vintage in its youth, we recommend decanting for 1 hour before serving, otherwise our 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to evolve and drink best in 5 to 10 years."

Awards

91 Points Vinous, Antonio Galloni Oct 2015
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 shows just how compelling this vintage is... Black cherries, plums, menthol, lavender and licorice flow across the palate in a dark, sumptuous wine endowed with real depth and nuance. Fleshy and supple, but with plenty of supporting acidity and vintage 2013 energy, the 1882 is a terrific introduction to the vintage. This is a very serious wine."

This great Californian Cabernet Sauvignon is great to give as a gift - or as a treat for yourself. It's Cabernet Sauvignon at its best, from a great Napa Valley vintage.  Classic blackcurrant, pencil shavings, leather, chocolate and more. Firm tannins as expected from a young Cab Sauv so this will evolve but is drinking fabulously now. This is a wine for grown-ups.

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