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2016 Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $80+)

SKU #1422181 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Inglenook's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has turned out beautifully. Savory and exquisitely layered, with striking aromatic nuance, the 2016 has so much to offer. Dark black cherry, tobacco, cedar, grilled herbs and licorice are finely sketched. More than anything else, the 2016 impresses in the way it balances intensity and detail. And of course, it is absolutely delicious too. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The base cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec sourced all from Rutherford. It has a classic, Saint Julien-like bouquet of crème de cassis, tobacco lead, damp earth, and spice that gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated, textured Cabernet that hits all the right marks. The top Rubicon release has a touch more elegant and precision, but this isn't far off. Drink this stunner any time over the coming 20 years or more. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Beautiful aromas of ripe cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrants and perfume that follow through to a full body, firm and silky tannins and a pretty long finish. Shows poise and polish. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with notions of cherry tart, redcurrant jelly, freshly crushed blackberries and wild blueberries with hints of pencil lead, tobacco and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate possesses plenty of juicy black and blue berries with a firm, chewy frame and savory finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This impressive wine opens in a bouquet of violet and dried herb, with an intensity of tannin power at its back. Red and black currant, cranberry and clove combine in a seam of textured complexity and nuanced flavor. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy blackberry and red currant fruit is stitched with bramble and anise notes, backed by an apple wood accent on the finish. Still a bit tight, so give this a little time. (JM) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Fresher than the 2015, though the fruit is still damson and cassis on the nose. Plush on the palate, with juicy black fruits and very fine-grained tannins. A seductive fruit-driven wine, but with a line of acidity and freshness that brings it all together nicely. 16+/20 points. (TP) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark While Rubicon, the Inglenook estate’s top selection, emphasizes cabernet sauvignon, this second selection from the estate includes a wider range of varieties (7 percent cabernet franc, 6 percent merlot, 4 percent petit verdot and 1 percent malbec). And, given a lower percentage of new French oak barrels in its aging (50 percent, as compared to 75 percent for Rubicon), it is more readily accessible on release. More than accessible, it’s a bright, pretty cabernet that’s easy to love. The fruit feels ripe and supple, with scents of sweet plums and tart cherries. The tannins have a cool richness, like the bitterness of Mexican chocolate, along with a green herbal edge of cilantro and hibiscus. That coolness feels like mountain air descending off the Mayacamas into the benchlands of Rutherford, bringing you closer to the vineyard with each taste. (JG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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