2010 Inglenook "Cask" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1159430 91 points Vinous

 Dark plums, mocha, smoke, new leather and cloves take shape in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask. There is plenty of intensity and power in the glass, but the formidable tannins are those of an equally pushed extraction. Tasted next to the 2012, the 2010 almost tastes like a wine from a different estate. (AG)  (11/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask is a big, bold wine loaded with mocha, espresso, dark cherries and plums. An initial blast of fruit is followed by firm tannins that clamp down on the mid-palate and finish. If the 2010 Cask softens it might merit a higher score, but my impression is it will always retain a certain element of compactness. Though generally a very good and certainly well made wine, I can’t say the 2010 has a great deal of personality. The blend is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (RP)  (12/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Tight, rich and focused on a dense core of spice, dried dark berry, cedar and tobacco leaf, this is firmly tannic, ending with loamy earth, black licorice and crushed rock details. Drink now through 2023. (JL Web only-2013)

K&L Notes

Antonio Galloni on the Inglenook story: "Proprietor Francis Ford Coppola continues to move forward with his project to restore Inglenook, one of Napa Valley’s historic estates, to its previous glory. Coppola has certainly been willing to put everything on the line, bringing in viticulturist Stephane Derenoncourt in 2008 and winemaker Philippe Bascaules, from Chateau Margaux, in 2011. Naturally, it is too early to see the results of these two very high-profile hires, but count me among those who are highly interested to see what develops here over the next few years. There are now essentially two Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. The Cask is made from vineyards on the front portion of the property bordering Highway 29, while Rubicon is made from vineyards located at the back of the estate. Inglenook will no longer bottle other single-variety wines." (12/2012)


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By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2014 | Send Email
A full bodied, moderately extracted bottling from the famed Rutherford area producer, this wine has something for everyone. Dark, dried fruit, prevalent tannins, and just enough hints of tobacco, spice box, and a long earthy finish. Drinking it one major thought came to my mind-- "Steak anyone?"

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2014 | Send Email
Deep purple and ruby color in the glass with high-toned and beautifully perfumed bouquet of crushed red fruit and holiday spice box. Very supple and elegant palate with powdered raspberries, currant, boysenberry and cassis flavors on the palate with gravely minerality and strong yet integrated tannins. New World in fruit and Old World in style, this baby will age beautifully or can be enjoyed now with a quick decant.

By: Krista Johnson | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2014 | Send Email
Gorgeous! Polished blue fruits, forest floor, savory herbs, brilliant acid and tannic grip....This is your Napa Cab for gift giving or for treating YOURSELF. You'll adore it.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2014 | Send Email
A great package and superb wine, the 2010 Cask Cab shows classic cedar, leather and spice flavors, mixed in with concentrated black cherry and red currant fruit. It is a full-bodied wine that is firm on the finish but still balanced and very approachable right now.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8