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Rubicon Estate Captain's Reserve Chardonnay Napa 2007

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SAVE AN ADDITIONAL 10% ON CASE PURCHASES CLICK HERE VINOFINA IS PROUD TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE RETAILER OF CAPTAIN'S RESERVE WINES Rubicon Estate Captain's Reserve wines pay tribute to exploration magnificent journeys and new discoveries. The bottle art features an accurate depiction of an ancient astrolabe a navigational instrument used between the 15th and 16th centuries. These intricate hand-engraved devices were not just artistic masterpieces; they were technological achievements that allowed mariners to navigate their position and heading using a wind chart star map and degrees of latitude. One could go so far as to say it was the astrolabe that allowed the North American continent to be discovered bringing new cultures and unique tastes to the West including those that made wine a part of life's adventure. Rubicon Estate was established as Inglenook in 1880 by Finnish sea captain Gustave Niebaum the man to whom we dedicate these wines. Before settling in the Napa Valley Niebaum's journeys took him across the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Sea and into the frigid uncharted waters of the Alaskan Territory. He was a man of scientific discipline and artistic vision enjoying both exploration and the pleasures of wine. Captain's Reserve wines honor Niebaum's accomplishments around the globe particularly Napa Valley where the fruit for these premium wines is grown. Our Captain's Reserve Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley blending fruit from warmer zones that concentrate the flavor of the grapes with fruit from cooler zones that help to provide acidity and zest. Vintage The growing season for 2007 was about as perfect as can be imagined. The only thing lacking for the entire year was precipitation. Spring experienced only a moderate amount of rain and then the rest of the year was dry until October which had just enough rain to knock the dust off of the grapes. Night time temperatures from May to September were in the mid-40s to mid-50s and daytime highs were predominantly in the 80s climbing only on a few occasions above 90 degrees. This even and steady heat coupled with cool nights allowed most grape varieties to develop complex and luscious flavors. Tasting Notes This Captains Reserve Chardonnay is ripe and soft redolent with tropical fruit candied pineapple mango honeydew and casaba. It also has a heady floral component that is reminiscent of jasmine gardenia and honey. It is a wine that would best be served with fish in creamy sauces crab lobster and scallop dishes pilaf and sauces with saffron Madras curry or Hollandaise such as Walnut Prawns. Because of its hedonistic flavor profile it is also suitable on its own or as an aperitif.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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  • 2007

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Winery: Rubicon Estate  
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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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

SAVE AN ADDITIONAL 10% ON CASE PURCHASES CLICK HERE VINOFINA IS PROUD TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE RETAILER OF CAPTAIN'S RESERVE WINES Rubicon Estate Captain's Reserve wines pay tribute to exploration magnificent journeys and new discoveries. The bottle art features an accurate depiction of an ancient astrolabe a navigational instrument used between the 15th and 16th centuries. These intricate hand-engraved devices were not just artistic masterpieces; they were technological achievements that allowed mariners to navigate their position and heading using a wind chart star map and degrees of latitude. One could go so far as to say it was the astrolabe that allowed the North American continent to be discovered bringing new cultures and unique tastes to the West including those that made wine a part of life's adventure. Rubicon Estate was established as Inglenook in 1880 by Finnish sea captain Gustave Niebaum the man to whom we dedicate these wines. Before settling in the Napa Valley Niebaum's journeys took him across the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Sea and into the frigid uncharted waters of the Alaskan Territory. He was a man of scientific discipline and artistic vision enjoying both exploration and the pleasures of wine. Captain's Reserve wines honor Niebaum's accomplishments around the globe particularly Napa Valley where the fruit for these premium wines is grown. Our Captain's Reserve Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley blending fruit from warmer zones that concentrate the flavor of the grapes with fruit from cooler zones that help to provide acidity and zest. Vintage The growing season for 2007 was about as perfect as can be imagined. The only thing lacking for the entire year was precipitation. Spring experienced only a moderate amount of rain and then the rest of the year was dry until October which had just enough rain to knock the dust off of the grapes. Night time temperatures from May to September were in the mid-40s to mid-50s and daytime highs were predominantly in the 80s climbing only on a few occasions above 90 degrees. This even and steady heat coupled with cool nights allowed most grape varieties to develop complex and luscious flavors. Tasting Notes This Captains Reserve Chardonnay is ripe and soft redolent with tropical fruit candied pineapple mango honeydew and casaba. It also has a heady floral component that is reminiscent of jasmine gardenia and honey. It is a wine that would best be served with fish in creamy sauces crab lobster and scallop dishes pilaf and sauces with saffron Madras curry or Hollandaise such as Walnut Prawns. Because of its hedonistic flavor profile it is also suitable on its own or as an aperitif.

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