Captain's Reserve Zinfandel 2005

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Captain's Reserve wines are produced in extremely limited quantities each year, exclusively for wine club members and guests of the Estate. They are named in honor of Captain Gustave Niebaum, the visionary who, in the 1880s, founded Inglenook and brought Napa Valley worldwide recognition. Made from grapes grown in the finest Napa Valley vineyards-including Rubicon Estate-these wines are created to illustrate the intensity and depth of flavors that have made this region famous.<br/><br/>Because most of our Estate wines are designed to mature and develop complexity with cellaring, it was our goal with the Captain's Reserve to craft wines that would not need aging and be immediately accessible upon release. Zinfandel has a long history in California and there are many vineyards that have vines, which are quite old. Because we've been producing Zinfandel for nearly twenty-years, we've learned a lot about blending the wines of various clones and using a mix of different barrels in order to craft a more complex wine. For our Captain's Reserve Zinfandel, we blend the fruit from our own estate vineyards with fruit from one of our Napa Valley neighbors.<br/><br/>The 2005 vintage gave way to a late harvest as a result of cool summer temperatures and high crop yields, which required more "hang time" to achieve optimal ripeness. Because of the large crop, many of the vineyards were thinned several times throughout the season to reduce the amount of fruit, which in turn created more concentrated flavors in the remaining clusters. The autumn weather was ideal, with October experiencing beautiful warm and sunny conditions.<br/><br/>Combined, these factors resulted in perfectly ripened grapes, which immediately displayed the physiological integrity needed to create a well-balanced, intensely flavorful wine with a rich, enduring finish. Immediately after harvesting, the fruit is cold-soaked to extract color and preserve the aromatics. Our Zinfandel is fermented at warm temperatures and punched down daily before being placed into a variety of French and American oak barrels for maturation.<br/><br/>Our 2005 Captain's Reserve Zinfandel offers fresh, succulent fruit flavors and sweet, supple tannins. Scents of briary blackberries and strawberry jam leads to a rich, juicy palate of wild berry flavors with hints of leather, pepper and spice.<br/><br/><strong>Appellation:</strong> Napa Valley<br/><strong>Blend:</strong> 100% Zinfandel<br/><strong>Barrel Regimen:</strong> 21 months new French and American oak<br/><strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.9%<br/><br/>Click here to view or print the fact sheet<br/><br/>

Region: USA » California » Napa » Rutherford

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Varietal: Zinfandel
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Rubicon Estate:
Situated in Rutherford, one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions in California, the Estate strives to preserve the traditions of its predecessor by crafting world-class wines. It took more than twenty years to reunite all of the original vineyards and restore winemaking to the Chateau. Now that this is complete, we have progressed into a new era of innovation, choosing to rename ... Read more
Situated in Rutherford, one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions in California, the Estate strives to preserve the traditions of its predecessor by crafting world-class wines. It took more than twenty years to reunite all of the original vineyards and restore winemaking to the Chateau. Now that this is complete, we have progressed into a new era of innovation, choosing to rename the property - Rubicon Estate - after our critically-acclaimed flagship wine. When Gustave Niebaum began his enterprise, there were approximately forty-five wineries in California. Today, there are more than two hundred fifty in Napa Valley alone. None have as rich a history, as remarkable a story, or as innovative a family as Rubicon Estate. Those driven to succeed seldom find satisfaction in mere prosperity, for the struggle to accomplish the remarkable is infinite in scope and measure. During the years when the American wine industry was still in its infancy, a tenacious young sea captain named Gustave Niebaum amassed a small fortune in the Alaskan fur trade. Having achieved financial independence at an early age, Niebaum could have simply retired and still commanded respect from his peers. Instead, a longing for missed European traditions compelled him to launch a winery. Well-read and enthusiastic, Niebaum pursued this goal not as that of a hobbyist, but with a zeal that verged on obsession. In 1880, he founded Inglenook “…to make a Californian wine, if it can be made, that will be sought by connoisseurs and will command as high a price as the famous French, German and Spanish wines.” Niebaum spared no expense. Relentless, fanatical, and intent on perfection, he procured the very best vineyards, planted noble varietals, and designed a winery that was an engineering marvel of its day. Within ten years of founding Inglenook, Niebaum’s wines were lauded by the press, both at home and internationally. In the wake of Prohibition, Susan Niebaum’s grand-nephew John Daniel, Jr. assumed leadership of the winery. Dedicated to continuing the family's tradition of producing world-class wines, Daniel created legendary Cabernet Sauvignon’s which critics have since judged to be among the greatest in the world. Like Niebaum, John Daniel led without compromise. “Pride, not profits,” was his motto and wines were not even bottled unless they met his strict standards of quality. It was a daring way to conduct business but history has proved him right. In 1975, Francis Coppola came upon the historic Inglenook property in his quest for a summer cottage where he could make a little ‘home’ wine like his grandparents once did. Though far more grand than what he and his family initially sought, Coppola was impressed by the Estate’s natural beauty and intrigued by the story of Gustave Niebaum. Feeling somehow connected to the man who shared a similar immigrant success story, Coppola purchased the Estate on his second try and once he learned more about its storied past, vowed to reconstruct the great Estate. Read less

Member Reviews for Captain's Reserve Zinfandel

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
2.00 5
05/11/2008

This wine is not something that appeals to me. I got alcohol mixed with black cherry in the nose with a hint of cola and tobacco. Flavors were dominated by cola ... didn't get much fruit flavors. May have been a bad bottle.


Snooth User: palmnut
89683835
3.50 5
06/03/2009

Screamed cherries on the nose and brought some nice brambly, gamey and spicey components on the huge, decadent palate.


Snooth User: Pressguy
19829432
4.50 5
09/11/2009

My absolute favorite wine! Great bouquet, taste on the tongue and finish. The tour at the winery was very good too.


Snooth User: n0r1
8270729
3.00 5
08/07/2008

Not the most exciting zin I've ever had -- and I've had a lot of them, out here near both Napa & Sonoma -- but very pleasant, nice and flavorful without having a huge body. For the price, I'll probably stick to Bellas (a bit more for the same, IIRC), but a really nice bottle to know about.


Snooth User: rubikon
3905328
2.00 5
03/01/2010

Two glasses



Captain's Reserve wines are produced in extremely limited quantities each year, exclusively for wine club members and guests of the Estate. They are named in honor of Captain Gustave Niebaum, the visionary who, in the 1880s, founded Inglenook and brought Napa Valley worldwide recognition. Made from grapes grown in the finest Napa Valley vineyards-including Rubicon Estate-these wines are created to illustrate the intensity and depth of flavors that have made this region famous.<br/><br/>Because most of our Estate wines are designed to mature and develop complexity with cellaring, it was our goal with the Captain's Reserve to craft wines that would not need aging and be immediately accessible upon release. Zinfandel has a long history in California and there are many vineyards that have vines, which are quite old. Because we've been producing Zinfandel for nearly twenty-years, we've learned a lot about blending the wines of various clones and using a mix of different barrels in order to craft a more complex wine. For our Captain's Reserve Zinfandel, we blend the fruit from our own estate vineyards with fruit from one of our Napa Valley neighbors.<br/><br/>The 2005 vintage gave way to a late harvest as a result of cool summer temperatures and high crop yields, which required more "hang time" to achieve optimal ripeness. Because of the large crop, many of the vineyards were thinned several times throughout the season to reduce the amount of fruit, which in turn created more concentrated flavors in the remaining clusters. The autumn weather was ideal, with October experiencing beautiful warm and sunny conditions.<br/><br/>Combined, these factors resulted in perfectly ripened grapes, which immediately displayed the physiological integrity needed to create a well-balanced, intensely flavorful wine with a rich, enduring finish. Immediately after harvesting, the fruit is cold-soaked to extract color and preserve the aromatics. Our Zinfandel is fermented at warm temperatures and punched down daily before being placed into a variety of French and American oak barrels for maturation.<br/><br/>Our 2005 Captain's Reserve Zinfandel offers fresh, succulent fruit flavors and sweet, supple tannins. Scents of briary blackberries and strawberry jam leads to a rich, juicy palate of wild berry flavors with hints of leather, pepper and spice.<br/><br/><strong>Appellation:</strong> Napa Valley<br/><strong>Blend:</strong> 100% Zinfandel<br/><strong>Barrel Regimen:</strong> 21 months new French and American oak<br/><strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.9%<br/><br/>Click here to view or print the fact sheet<br/><br/>

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