2013 Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1300702


VN 96 W&S 95 JS 93
WE 92
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  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2013 Inglenook Cabernet is a gorgeous bottle of wine that drinks well above its price. It is composed of all-estate fruit with 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% of Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot with 50% new French oak barrel aging. This wine shows exceptional balance with rich dark fruit that is nowhere near overdone, finishing with dusty tannin and medium acidity. Additionally, there are more layers of graphite, meatiness and cedar. Grab a couple to age in cellar... if you can wait that long!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Previously known as Cask Cabernet and made from the same estate fruit as the Rubicon, the big difference between the Rubcon and what is now known as simply the Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet is the barrel selection and the use of both American and French oak. While it doesn't have the sweet spices or the exotic scents from that heavier French oak influence, what you get from the standard Inglenook is a wine that has every bit the quality of the Rubicon in terms of fruit, structure, and concentration, but for a price that's about 70% less. The Rubicon typically sells for $170 - $200, but in no way are you settling here taking the Inglenook at $59.99. This wine has an incredible bouquet of dark, juicy Cabernet fruit as well as ripe tannins that reflect the impeccable quality of the 2013 growing season in Napa. However, whereas many of the $50 -$75 wines I taste from Napa today are meant to drink now, the Inglenook is a wine with loads of potential beyond 2017. It has the guts for a serious ten to twenty year run in your cellar, but with some decanting and a nice rib eye you can definitely coax all that gorgeous fruit out of the bottle and into your glass tonight. While my professional opinion would be to wait as long as you possibly can, I'm fully aware that wines this tasty tend to get opened in the short term. Either way, you're going to be very, very happy with the Inglenook.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    The evidence is in the glass...Inglenook is officially back to its glory days of the 40s, 50s & 60s with the 2013 Inglenook Ruther Cabernet Sauvignon. This used to be called the "Cask" Cabernet Sauvignon but now enjoys the Rutherford moniker. The barrels for this wine were culled out of the production of the Iglenook Rubicon the winery's flagship offering. This is an impeccable red, with perfect harmony of tannins, fruit and structure. A gorgeous red, this has the "old-school" Napa Valley cabernet Sauvignon feel that we're always looking for.


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