Inglenook-Rubicon Estate - Cabernet Sauvignon Current Cask
Rubicon Estate CASK Cabernet epitomizes the property’s illustrious history and winemaking tradition. Francis and Eleanor Coppola’s 1995 reunification of the estate provided the inspiration to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that would pay tribute to John Daniel, Jr., the grandnephew of founder Gustave Niebaum, who successfully ran Inglenook Winery from 1934 to 1964 and created wines since judged by critics to be among some of the best ever produced. Cask Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in small five-ton fermenters and pumped over four to five times a day to encourage vigorous fermentation for the first four days of the fermentation process. For the next week the pump-overs slow to once or twice a day. This process maximizes the extraction of vibrant color and optimal flavor from the must. Upon completion of the fermentation process, the wine and must is pressed and racked into 500-L American oak puncheons for twenty-four months of aging. This technique harks back to the traditional aging process of John Daniel Jr. and the Inglenook Cask wines of the Estate’s past.
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