Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2012
Vintage rating : 96T Predicted year : 2019+ (This magnificent wine is great right now, but could easily use a few more years in the cellar to tone down its power. Will age well for another 10 years and keep for even longer). WE - 95ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Vintage rating : 96T Predicted year : 2019+ (This magnificent wine is great right now, but could easily use a few more years in the cellar to tone down its power. Will age well for another 10 years and keep for even longer). WE - 95pts
The best wine I tasted at Rubicon. Aroma's and taste of spice, pepper, licorice and sage. Some muted cherry flavors. Good tannins and acid. Nice balance but think it needs time.
Berkshire scale rating on opening 93+ Berkshire scale rating after decanting 99 For me, this is the wine that began it all. It is the alpha and the omega of perfection. It is the wine by which all others are defined. My parents took a trip to Napa (Rutherford County) in 2002 and I tried my first bottle of 2001 Rubicon and until that moment, I didn't like wine. I would take this over a Lafite Rothschild any day, hands down. A paradigm of American character: the aromas of this wine explode with unmistakeable clarity: Cherry Pie...right off the bat, then subtle creme de cassis, sweet black tea, woody oak, a faint whiff of cigar smoke, and (believe it or not) Mom's perfume. On the palate, the flavors reflect the aromas with added textural elements of soft satin, surprisingly low viscosity bright berry juice, all integrated with vanilla/oak tones. If you want to understand the "winese" definition for hang time, this wine lingers and grows on the palate for a solid 25-30 seconds with impressions of sweet black cherries, day-over-ripe raspberries, warm spice and sweet earth notes. If stuck on a desert island, this is what I'd take.
I would classify this as a wine that smells better than it tastes. The nose on this wine is quite phenomenal: spice box & cedar coming on strong with a light berries wafting in after. On the mouth it is simple: cassis and almost a dried roses/violets. The finnish feels quite tannic and unspectacular.
I had the pleasure of tasting this beautiful wine at the Coppola estate and I will always remember it. I recommend everyone try this wine and share with friends.
This is a very approachable wine. Notes of cherry, chocolate and a hint of brown sugar propel the wine forward. The taste lasts and lasts. Open 35 to 45 minutes ahead of drinking.
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Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2004 and all other wine from Rubicon Estate are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.
94 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide"Intense, keenly defined curranty fruit is framed with balanced elements of sweet oak, loam and dusty earth in the very inviting aromas, and the wine's deep and decidedly concentrated, ripe- currant flavors similarly show a fine infusion of enriching oak and sweet spice. An extremely sophisticated wine and a fairly classic rendition of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, this latest Rubicon is presently toughened by varietally appropriate tannins, and it is destined for very good things and a long period of improvement over the next decade and more."
Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 93At its best Rubicon stuns with power and richness. In lesser vintages (which are usually hotter ones) the wine, which is largely Cabernet Sauvignon, can be raisiny. While 2004 was a warm year, diligent viticulture paid off, resulting in an opulent wine with the purest expression of crushed cherries and blackberries, and oak-inspired hints of nougat and caramel. Fairly aggressive in tannins now, it should begin to open by 2008 and drink well for a decade.Wine Tasting NotesOur Rubicon reflects the warm growing conditions of the vintage, displaying a telltale scent of violets and sour cherry flavors, which are the hallmark of this wine. Its super-ripe character delivers a sweet impression, supple tannins, and a prolonged finish of licorice, dark berries, and vanilla.
94 Points - Connoisseurs' GuideIntense, keenly defined curranty fruit is framed with balanced elements of sweet oak, loam and dusty earth in the very inviting aromas, and the wine's deep and decided
Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 93Rubicon is the top wine from Gustave Niebaum's classic Inglenook Vineyard in the benchlands of the Mayacamas at Rutherford, managed for decades by his nephew, John Daniel, and ultimately reassembled in its current form by Francis Ford Coppola. The 2003 is rich in luscious tannins, with a deep cherry essence, a dynamic flavor with the herbal edge of a great Rutherford cabernet. It's plush and delicious, a fine performance in the uneven weather conditions of 2003.Wine Tasting NotesRubicon is characterized by aromas of black sour cherries and violets. These flavors are confirmed on the palate with the addition of black currant, wild berries and sweet vanilla from aging in 100% new French oak barrels. There is an immediate sense of concentration on the mid palate with a luxurious and dense texture. While this wine is approachable now, it will develop further complexity with cellaring, easily fifteen to twenty-five years or more. This is one for the cellar.
Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2003 and all other wine from Rubicon Estate are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.
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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