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Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2002

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Vintage Vintage 2002 was a classic California powerhouse. Winter weather ended abruptly in April and a mild spring followed. Summer had moderate temperatures, but the heat intensified in September and warm weather propelled the Cabernet into ideal concentration and ripeness. Harvest began in earnest in late September with quintessential Rubicon lots reaching full maturation in October. The Winery The Rubicon Winery was rebuilt based on a photograph of an Inglenook harvest scene circa 1958. It was designed to expertly handle the Estate’s 235 planted acres. The design also incorporated the most modern winemaking innovations. Winemaker’s Notes We harvest all our vineyards by hand at first light and bring them to the winery in small bins. The grapes are then sorted by a skilled crew. Immediately after crushing, we sort the must removing any broken pieces of stems or other imperfections. The must is then lifted gently into the Taransaud fermenting tanks. Each tank holds between five to six tons of crushed grapes, representing approximately two acres of vineyard. Using traditional punch-down methods, we ferment our wines from one to three weeks depending on vintage and tannin extraction. Tasting Notes Rubicon 2002 has saturated ruby-purple color, signaling ripe fruit and high extraction. The aroma expresses classic Estate Cabernet character of black cherries tinged with violets. The palate reveals an opulent texture with sweet, ripe fruit scented with vanilla and toasty notes from aging in 100% new French oak barrels. Framing the lavish texture are chocolate, sweet-tart fruit and black licorice flavors that linger on the long finish—a characteristic of the vintage, which also produced impressive, powerful tannins that will soften with time in the bottle. The 2002 Rubicon is approachable now, but will develop further complexity over time and can be cellared in optimal conditions for 15 to 20 years.

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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

External Reviews for Rubicon Estate Rubicon

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2002 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
Source: CityWineCellar.com
10/15/2009

The Rubicon Estate isea spectacular wine; enormously oaky now, with an explosion of char and vanilla;sshows and underworld of black currants; glamorous wine.



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Vintage Vintage 2002 was a classic California powerhouse. Winter weather ended abruptly in April and a mild spring followed. Summer had moderate temperatures, but the heat intensified in September and warm weather propelled the Cabernet into ideal concentration and ripeness. Harvest began in earnest in late September with quintessential Rubicon lots reaching full maturation in October. The Winery The Rubicon Winery was rebuilt based on a photograph of an Inglenook harvest scene circa 1958. It was designed to expertly handle the Estate’s 235 planted acres. The design also incorporated the most modern winemaking innovations. Winemaker’s Notes We harvest all our vineyards by hand at first light and bring them to the winery in small bins. The grapes are then sorted by a skilled crew. Immediately after crushing, we sort the must removing any broken pieces of stems or other imperfections. The must is then lifted gently into the Taransaud fermenting tanks. Each tank holds between five to six tons of crushed grapes, representing approximately two acres of vineyard. Using traditional punch-down methods, we ferment our wines from one to three weeks depending on vintage and tannin extraction. Tasting Notes Rubicon 2002 has saturated ruby-purple color, signaling ripe fruit and high extraction. The aroma expresses classic Estate Cabernet character of black cherries tinged with violets. The palate reveals an opulent texture with sweet, ripe fruit scented with vanilla and toasty notes from aging in 100% new French oak barrels. Framing the lavish texture are chocolate, sweet-tart fruit and black licorice flavors that linger on the long finish—a characteristic of the vintage, which also produced impressive, powerful tannins that will soften with time in the bottle. The 2002 Rubicon is approachable now, but will develop further complexity over time and can be cellared in optimal conditions for 15 to 20 years.

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