Rubicon Cask Cabernet 2005

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History Rubicon Estate CASK Cabernet epitomizes the property's illustrious history and winemaking tradition. Francis and Eleanor Coppola's 1995 reunification of the Estate provided the inspiration to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that would pay tribute to John Daniel Jr. founder Gustave Niebaum's grand-nephew who successfully ran Inglenook Winery from 1934 to 1964 and created wines since judged by critics to be among some of the best ever produced. The Vineyards There are 235 planted-vineyard acres at Rubicon Estate with nearly 130 acres dedicated to growing ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon. The renowned Chateau and Cohn vineyards which provide the grapes for this wine produce Cabernet with tremendous depth rich color profuse berry aromas and the unmistakable flavor of ripe Bing cherries. Although CASK Cabernet and our flagship wine Rubicon are often comprised of fruit from a portion of the same vineyards each features different lot selections-CASK Cabernet fruit prominently demonstrates true red cherry flavors- and an entirely custom élevage technique. Organic Farming Rubicon Estate is farmed organically out of respect for the environment and our vineyard staff as well as our belief that organic grapes make better wine. Our vineyards are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (www.ccof.org). The Vintage The 2005 season in Rutherford was unlike the dry and early vintage before. After an early bud break temperatures were lower than average for early spring and more frequent rainfall than usual continued until July causing a larger than anticipated berry size and potential yield. Our vigilance with respect to the vineyard paid off. The rest of the summer remained cooler than usual in fact the early part of September was downright chilly. The reduction of clusters we made in the early part of summer allowed our fruit to ripen well and benefit from the long hang time it enjoyed due to the cooler weather. Cabernet Sauvignon can acquire a density and depth of flavor in these conditions and the resulting CASK is a brilliant example of this phenomenon. The strength of the vintage for Rubicon Estate Cabernet has become more evident as the wine has matured in barrel and bottle. Winemaker's Notes Diligent control over the vineyard early in 2005 proved to be the decisive factor. Keeping our yields down allowed for a very long even and gradual evolution of flavors and tannins in the fruit that is evident in the finished wine. For CASK Cabernet we want fully ripe sweet cherry flavors with mouth filling textures. This year it did not seem so easy to assume that we would attain the desired ripeness. The positive results of thinning clusters early in the season was immediately evident in the quality of wine right out of the fermenting tanks. The colors and fruit intensity were remarkable and the tannins were incredibly soft and mouth filling. This was the first year in which our winemaking team could concentrate solely on making Estate-grown wines and it was an auspicious beginning. Tasting Notes Our 2005 CASK Cabernet has layers of ripe red cherries plum vanilla cocoa and toast. The wine is remarkable now especially if served with intensely flavored meats or cheeses but it also can be aged for 10 years or more. This is a monumental vintage for CASK.

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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 Rubicon Cask Cabernet

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
10/08/2009

Licorice, anise and currant tones wrapped in a velvety cabernet sauvignon. Wonderful. - Tasted at Hostile Grape 10/8/09


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
03/10/2010

Awesome Napa cab nose! Very ripe and velvety smooth. Perfect balance of ripe fruit, oak and tannin. Wonderful! - Tasted at The Hostile Grape 3/10/10


Snooth User: palmnut
89683835
4.00 5
06/03/2009

Cassis and blackberry up front that lead to a palate of toasted oak, caramel and even a little creme brulee.


Snooth User: wwalker1013
1016747155
4.00 5
01/23/2012

Good integration of flavors - dark fruits and chalky stone. Lovely tannins and balanced acidity. The nose is a bit muted. Recommend enjoying with food, really brings it to life.


Snooth User: smay2758
7856712
3.00 5
09/04/2008

little too peppery for me


Snooth User: Rick Engleking
12918313
4.50 5
02/16/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rubicon Cask Cabernet

External Review
04/12/2011

Cask Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in small five-ton fermenters and pumped over four to five times a day to encourage vigorous fermentation for the first four days of the fermentation process. For t


External Review
03/16/2010

Rubicon Estate Cabernet Cask 2005 and all other wine from Rubicon Estate are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
02/06/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Rubicon Estate Cask Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



History Rubicon Estate CASK Cabernet epitomizes the property's illustrious history and winemaking tradition. Francis and Eleanor Coppola's 1995 reunification of the Estate provided the inspiration to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that would pay tribute to John Daniel Jr. founder Gustave Niebaum's grand-nephew who successfully ran Inglenook Winery from 1934 to 1964 and created wines since judged by critics to be among some of the best ever produced. The Vineyards There are 235 planted-vineyard acres at Rubicon Estate with nearly 130 acres dedicated to growing ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon. The renowned Chateau and Cohn vineyards which provide the grapes for this wine produce Cabernet with tremendous depth rich color profuse berry aromas and the unmistakable flavor of ripe Bing cherries. Although CASK Cabernet and our flagship wine Rubicon are often comprised of fruit from a portion of the same vineyards each features different lot selections-CASK Cabernet fruit prominently demonstrates true red cherry flavors- and an entirely custom élevage technique. Organic Farming Rubicon Estate is farmed organically out of respect for the environment and our vineyard staff as well as our belief that organic grapes make better wine. Our vineyards are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (www.ccof.org). The Vintage The 2005 season in Rutherford was unlike the dry and early vintage before. After an early bud break temperatures were lower than average for early spring and more frequent rainfall than usual continued until July causing a larger than anticipated berry size and potential yield. Our vigilance with respect to the vineyard paid off. The rest of the summer remained cooler than usual in fact the early part of September was downright chilly. The reduction of clusters we made in the early part of summer allowed our fruit to ripen well and benefit from the long hang time it enjoyed due to the cooler weather. Cabernet Sauvignon can acquire a density and depth of flavor in these conditions and the resulting CASK is a brilliant example of this phenomenon. The strength of the vintage for Rubicon Estate Cabernet has become more evident as the wine has matured in barrel and bottle. Winemaker's Notes Diligent control over the vineyard early in 2005 proved to be the decisive factor. Keeping our yields down allowed for a very long even and gradual evolution of flavors and tannins in the fruit that is evident in the finished wine. For CASK Cabernet we want fully ripe sweet cherry flavors with mouth filling textures. This year it did not seem so easy to assume that we would attain the desired ripeness. The positive results of thinning clusters early in the season was immediately evident in the quality of wine right out of the fermenting tanks. The colors and fruit intensity were remarkable and the tannins were incredibly soft and mouth filling. This was the first year in which our winemaking team could concentrate solely on making Estate-grown wines and it was an auspicious beginning. Tasting Notes Our 2005 CASK Cabernet has layers of ripe red cherries plum vanilla cocoa and toast. The wine is remarkable now especially if served with intensely flavored meats or cheeses but it also can be aged for 10 years or more. This is a monumental vintage for CASK.

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