2011 Inglenook "Cask" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $60)
This shows the lighter style of 2011. It has so much fresh herb and green tobacco on the nose with subtle currant undertones. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins and very, very fresh. Refined tannins. Polished all around. Second wine of Inglenook. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask emerges with scents of grilled herbs, cedar, red fruit, crushed rocks and smoke. The 2011 possesses lovely balance in the tense, wiry style of the vintage. There is plenty of potential here. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2023. (AG)
Inglenook's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask presents a distinctly Old World profile. Sweet tobacco, cedar, savory herbs, plums and black cherries are some of the nuances that take shape in the glass. This pretty, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent choice for drinking over the next decade or so. Readers should expect a lithe, feminine wine built on aromatics, nuance and understatement. (AG)
*Cellar Selection* Originally made between the 1930s and early 1960s, Cask was given new life by Francis Ford Coppola in the mid-1990s. This vintage is on the money in terms of style, going for a timeless, elegantly lean wine with dense tannins and plenty of vibrancy. Cranberry, black tea and a tease of green olive mark the entry, before denser elements of coffee and tobacco feature on the finish. Cellar through 2021. (AB)
A scaled-down version, with complex, savory aromatics of dried currant, herb, licorice and crushed rock, ending with dry, chewy, gritty tannins that should reward short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2022. (JL)