Wine Spectator 87 points - This is marked by dusty berry, a strong oak presence and earthy tannins. Shows lots of cedary oak throughout, casting a dill edge onto the dried berry flavors. Tires on the finish, where the tannins and oak outlast the fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made.-JL
(Jun 15 2015)
Vinous 94 points - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is gorgeous. Dark red cherries, plums, licorice and leather blossom as this rich, resonant wine opens up in the glass. Pliant and super-expressive, yet very much medium in body, the 2012 will drink beautifully for the next 10-15 years, perhaps longer. The polished, refined finish makes it hard to resist a second taste.
Wine Advocate 95 points - Looks like there’s completely new packaging for these wines from famous movie producer/director Francis Ford Coppola. They’ve owned Inglenook since 1975, which included the regional estate of 1,600 acres of land with several spectacular vineyards. What they call the “front vineyards” were acquired by Coppola in 1995. (Oct 2014)
In 1975, Francis Ford Coppola purchased the old Inglenook property, intent to restore the historic chateau, reunite the original vineyards, and create world-class red wines. The estate’s flagship wine is Rubicon; a proprietary blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, produced from the best selections of the estate’s 235 contiguous acres of certified-organic vineyards, including Clone #29 Cabernet Sauvignon.
This unique Cabernet clone defines the heart of the Rubicon blend. Designated and certified by the University of California at Davis as a heritage clone, it is considered one of the building blocks of the Napa Valley’s Cabernet reputation.