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Inglenook Niebaum Coppola 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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£53.00

Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec added, Inglenook’s Niebaum-Coppola 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is a full-bodied, rich and concentrated Cabernet with a very elegant feel

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Rich Spicy Red

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Wine Region

Napa Valley

Country

USA

ABV

14.50%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Cork

Lifestyle

Organic

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2030

Description

Earlier vintages of Inglenook Niebaum Coppola 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 were 100% Cabernet Sauvignon but in this 2017 vintage 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec were added to 91% Cabernet Sauvignon in order to enhance the structure of the wine, expand the range of fruit flavours and aromas and to soften the mouthfeel. For a few years now, Philippe Bascaules of Château Margaux has been overseeing the wine-making of the Inglenook 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon which may account for the addition of the other grapes in line with the blend of Château Margaux. Whatever the reason the result is that Inglenook Niebaum Coppola 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  is a spectacularly complex, concentrated red wine with a bit of oomph. Juicy red and black fruits like blackcurrants, plums and blackberries dominate with a touch of vanilla and cocoa-powder. Aside from the concentration and intensity of flavours, the wine is full-bodied. Dusty tannins are evident on the teeth as you would expect from a relatively young Cabernet Sauvignon – they will soften as the wine contimues to devleop in bottle over the next 5 or so years. But there’s no need to wait several years as this wine is very approachable now. It is fantastically smooth with a very elegant feel. Amazing wine!

 

Earlier vintages of the Inglenook 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon previously known as Inglenook Rubicon Estate 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon were great favourites amongst customers and so when I tatsted Inglenook Niebaum Coppola 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 I should not have been surprised that it is also a fabulous wine. 1882 refers to the year of the first harvest by Gustave Niebaum on the Inglenook estate owned for many years now by Francis Ford-Coppola and his wife, Eleanor. Niebaum dug a small cave, pictured on the bottle, to understand better the ideal temperature for barrel ageing. The wine has been renamed after the winery so is now known as Inglenook Niebaum-Coppola 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

 

How to Enjoy this Wine

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.

 

Serve at: 16 – 18°C

Producer's Notes

“Alluringly garnet red in color, 2017 Niebaum-Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 leads on the nose with very compact, polished aromas of ripe currant, cedar, and plum. On the palate, the wine is refreshing, with subtle hints of wild blackberry and forest floor. The finish is medium in length, fresh and supple.”

Awards

92 points – Natalie Maclean
“From Rutherford, Napa Valley wine region, Inglenook 1882 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep, dark and full-bodied, silky Cab with aromas of black fruit compote, spiced plum, dark cherry, savoury herb and well-integrated toasty oak flavours with good acidity for food. Tannins are velvety. Aged in French oak barrels (15% new). So named for the year Gustave Niebaum delivered the first vintage from this Rutherford estate.”

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