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Rubicon Estate Cask 2006

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94 Points - Wine EnthusiastThe new Rubicon which is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon brings to mind the 2003 and 2004. It doesnt have the sheer force of 2002 or 2005 but its certainly a classic Ruth

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Winery: Rubicon Estate  
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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
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Member Reviews for Rubicon Estate Cask

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Snooth User: solomania9
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3.00 5
03/15/2009

Spicy black cherry with a sweet chewy mouthfeel. Maybe a little too sweet but still very enjoyable.


Snooth User: runningbear
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4.50 5
12/31/2012

Nice smooth cab tried at grandparents NYE


Snooth User: extrapulp
8218131
4.00 5
05/18/2009

Coppola's Claret is always a good one. This went with our steak & asparagus and a few cheeses after. Very full-flavor.


Snooth User: angelsshare
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4.50 5
03/13/2011

I love this wine! Its round and full-flavored with a nice complexity to it. The juice is just so darn tasty; its everything I want in a cab!


Snooth User: jameshgrohjr
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3.50 5
05/24/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rubicon Estate Cask

11/12/2010

Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. From its intense, impressively layered aromas of currants, sweet spice, dusty soils and dried flowers to its very deep, genuinely complex flavors, this wonderfully rich wine hits every Cabernet mark with complete confidence. It is weighty without being the least bit heavy, and it shows a fine fit of integral tannins while remaining ever supple in feel. It is no tougher than young Cab will be, and its combination of structure, strength and insistent fruit is the recipe for real success. Allow for at least five years of additional age, and count on it developing famously for another decade or more.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


External Review
03/05/2009

A chocolatey wine with a deep red color, dark plummy fruits, and a nice dose of warm baking spices on the finish. Silky-smooth tannins give it a great friendly structure.


External Review
09/22/2010

Rubicon Cask is their finest expression of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from this historic estate vineyards in Rutherford. Originally the Niebaum estate, wine grapes have been grown on this property since the 1800's. Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Winemaker of the the year, Scott McCleod crafted this Cab with the bold intensity that you'd expect from the Rutherford bench. Wine & Spirits scored it 91 points saying "This is 100 percent cabernet sauvignon selected from the Cohn and Chateau vineyards on Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate. It's aged in 500-liter American oak puncheons, referencing the larger format oak John Daniel, Jr., used for his Cask wines of the 1950's. This is a plump wine, filled with bosky cherry flavors and the bright light of acidity to cut some of the sweetness of the fruit. The finish heads toward figginess, chewy, generous and smooth. For roast rack of lamb." Limited!


External Review
03/05/2009

Lots of berried fruit flavors are well balanced with the oak making this a perfect grilled meat companion.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

94 Points - Wine EnthusiastThe new Rubicon, which is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, brings to mind the 2003 and 2004. It doesnt have the sheer force of 2002 or 2005, but its certainly a classic Ruth


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
09/04/2010

91 Points - Wine & Spirits "This is 100 percent cabernet sauvignon selected from the Cohn and Chateau vineyards on Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate. It's aged in 500-liter American oak puncheons, referencing the larger format oak John Daniel, Jr., used for his Cask wines of the 1950's. This is a plump wine, filled with bosky cherry flavors and the bright light of acidity to cut some of the sweetness of the fruit. The finish heads toward figginess, chewy, generous and smooth. For roast rack of lamb. "90 Points - Wine Enthusiast "An elegant, complex 100% Cab, solid and potent, although its also young and fresh in tannins and needs time in the cellar. Not showing particular finesse now, with straightforward cherry, blackberry and currant flavors, but has the balanced stuffing for the cellar. Better after 2011."Winemaker's Notes: Our 2006 CASK Cabernet has an exceptional aromatic quality and luscious flavors of red cherries and blackberries as well as plum and cocoa on the mid-palate. With its soft, lingering finish, the wine is easy to enjoy now with roasted or grilled meats, pasta and cheeses. It is a classic representation of Rutherford Cabernet.


External Review
12/09/2010

Has an exceptional aromatic quality and luscious flavors of red cherries and blackberries as well as plum and cocoa on the mid-palate with a soft and lingering finish.



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94 Points - Wine EnthusiastThe new Rubicon which is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon brings to mind the 2003 and 2004. It doesnt have the sheer force of 2002 or 2005 but its certainly a classic Ruth

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