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1997 Niebaum-Coppola "Rubicon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #993165 97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A masterpiece from this near perfect vintage. Completely ripe, classic and fresh, with oodles of red cherry and blackcurrant flavors that are generously oaked. Amazingly, the wine is still young and tannic. So beautifully structured, so smooth and polished, firm yet soft, just a gorgeous wine. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (9/2006)

95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting note given. Inner quote mark (8/2001)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Both bottles showed their age, with a trace of oxidation amid the mature berry, herb, cedar and spice flavors, accompanied by drying, gritty tannins. Still enjoyable, but drink soon. (JL, Web Only-2017) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Noting that their 1997 Rubicon is likely the best of the decade, winemaker Scott McLeod details, "The 1997 Rubicon is impressive at first glance. It is nearly opaque, with saturated ruby-purple color, like all Rubicons. Color this dark signals a very ripe year where the vines worked continually up to the hour of harvest, packing as much color and flavor and sugar into the grapes as possible. The aroma of the 1997 Rubicon is classic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with the character of black cherries and violets. Though aged in 75% new French Oak barrels, the contribution of the wood is amazingly integrated and supports the fruit aromas rather than masking them. On the palate, the concentrations of the 1997 harvest are best described as a viscous, sweet black cherry flavor and a dark chocolate and rum raisin note. The lengthy finish is true to the late September harvest, which produced impressive, powerful tannins that will soften with time in the bottle." 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

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