1882 was the first vintage produced by Gustave Niebaum on the estate that would become one of the most renowned wineries in the New World – Inglenook.
In the same year, Niebaum dug a small cave in the foothills of the Mayacamas to experiment and better understand temperature ideals for barrel ageing.
Today, Inglenook lies in the heart of the famous Rutherford Bench in Napa Valley, offering a wealth of top quality fruit, richness and minerality from this genuinely special terroir.
The 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from estate fruit, aged for 18 months in French and US oak with 15% new. It is a well proportioned wine with structured mineral tannins, graphite, and a taught linear texture. Supple core of black berry fruits, cassis, damson plums, black cherry, vanilla pod and choc mocha spice. Despite the 14.5 alcohol, it is a self assured, classical, elegantly restrained expression of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with real age ability. (Wine Safari Score: 93/100 Greg Sherwood MW)