Inglenook Estate Rutherford
This historic estate and trademark has been re-established with wines made under the former Rubicon Estate banner now being made under the Inglenook banner by Francis Ford Coppola. This began as a small operation when film director Coppola first became involved in winegrowing, but there is now a sizeable output through the Francis Coppola Winery in the Sonoma Valley at Healdsburg. An extensive range is released there. Under the Sofia label you’ll find approachable sparklers, the Rosso & Bianco label is for everyday reds and whites, while the Diamond Series is a range of red and white varietals sourced throughout the state and generally taking the California appellation. These are straightfoward, reliable, fruit-driven wines and well priced. The Directors Cut series is a step up with a small range of wines from Sonoma County and there is an additional range under the Francis Coppola Reserve label. Two further reds are also made, a Bordeaux blend Archimedes and Eleanor which combines an interesting mix of Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah from Rutherford and Alexander Valley sources. It is though the top Inglenook labels that really impress. As well as the wines listed below there is a small production of RC Reserve Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Zinfandel Edizione Pennino is rich and powerful with dense, brambly fruit. At the pinnacle there are two flagship wines. Blancaneaux is a blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier. Rubicon is a very structured, firm and powerful meritage red aged for 26 months in French oak and requires at least 6–7 years’ patience. It is firmly established as one of Napa’s great reds. (DM)
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