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1941 Inglenook Cask Reserve

California’s wine industry has had many milestones but very few wineries have had truly profound impacts. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that while California has more than 3,000 wineries today, in the relatively recent past that number was much smaller. In fact, in the 1940s there were only a handful of wineries in Napa Valley.

Names like Beaulieu, Martini, and Charles Krug were the gold standard for Napa Valley wines but one man, John Daniel, was hard at work trying to best the best. It may have been only in hindsight that the collective we recognized the monumental nature of John Daniel’s work at Inglenook, but recognize it we have. In particular, the 1941 has been recognized as one of the greatest wines ever to have been produced in the Napa Valley. Given the accolades and rarity of the wine today it’s almost surprising that it is not selling for more than the several thousand it fetches on the rare occasions that bottles come up at auction.

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  • Snooth User: cv4wine
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    After reading articles like this, I grin remembering the famous Getty tasting where in most of these labels were blind tasted along with Ernest and Julio's Estate Bottled Sonoma Cab which outscored most of them. You're very correct when you hint that ratings are in the palate of the individual taster.

    Dec 06, 2010 at 6:07 PM


  • Snooth User: lisamattsonwine
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    The subject line of the email said "California Classics" and I bit. Are cult wines classics by default? If Aubert wines have only been around for a decade, can they already be classics?

    Just curious of your take on what makes a wine a classic.

    Cheers,
    Lisa
    http://blog.jordanwinery.com/

    Dec 07, 2010 at 3:59 PM


  • A similar situation to the Gallo incident occurred in Australia a few years ago when a group of consumers was asked to do a blind tasting on 5 wines.

    They knew one of them was Penfolds Grange but had no idea which one. They were then asked which one they thought was Grange, which one was the most drinkeable, and which one they liked the least.

    A twenty dollar shiraz actually was rated the highest as to drinkability and to its likelihood of being Grange. Whilst the grange was considered least preferable to most of the group.

    It was rather amusing, as at the time I worked for the distributor of the $20 wine and Grange was retailing at that point for around $350.
    Let your own palate and preferences guide you - not what someone else believes. Your taste is your own. After all I prefer Monet to DaVinci, and Gaugin to Picasso regardless of what a critic may say. But no matter what always be adventurous and seek out new brands, regions, and wine styles.

    Dec 07, 2010 at 6:12 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Lisa - Copy editors makes these wines classic!

    Of the group I would certainly consider the Inglenook to be classic California Cabernet, and maybe the Grace Family, but no, in my mind these are not the real classics, which would fall more to the Monte Bello, Montelena, Mayacamas end of the spectrum for me. Not to go all M on you.

    Nebu135 - well said!

    Dec 14, 2010 at 10:06 AM


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