Personally chosen by Francis Ford Coppola, renowned French winemaker Philippe Bascaules came to Napa from Bordeaux in 2011 to become General Manager of the great American wine estate, Inglenook.
Bascaules began his career as assistant to the Estate Director at the legendary Château Margaux, one of France’s five First Growth Bordeaux estates.Bascaules’ experience of making some of the world’s most critically acclaimed wines has taught him the importance of respecting the heritage of a great ‘terroir.' His philosophy is unassuming and clear-cut: “I prefer to know, rather than believe. I am not here to make changes just for the sake of it; I want to know that any changes I implement will improve the wine. Everything is a question of balance, but preserving elegance is essential. In my opinion, a 'grand vin' should be more than just sensational, it should also evoke emotion.”.
At Inglenook, Bascaules now leads a team of talented winemaking professionals dedicated to Coppola’s vision of making Inglenook the finest New World estate wine produced in the Old World style. In 1890, founder Gustave Niebaum stated that Inglenook would one day “produce the finest wines, to equal and excel the most famous vintages of Europe.” Over a century later, Coppola and Bascaules proudly continue the Inglenook legacy.
Well structured with excellent volume and fine dry tannins, this 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a solid core of dark fruits including blackberries, plums and black cherry, while aromatic notes of dark chocolate, tobacco leaves, smoke, vanilla, toasted oak, and subtle hints of violets add complexity and intrigue.
Great with hearty full-flavoured dishes such as beef wellington.
Over the last few years, we’ve perfected our already refined winemaking methods, using smaller trays during harvest, a gentler destemmer that minimizes oxidation, and applying greater scrutiny during the fermentation process by evaluating individual blocks of fruit daily to optimize pump overs. These methods have greatly enhanced the quality of our Cabernet Sauvignon, which is why this wine is a pure varietal representation. The wine spent 18 months in a combination of French and American oak, with a heavier slant on French oak. About 15% of the barrels were new wood to accommodate the robust character of the fruit.
Decanter 2022, California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 & 2018, 91 points: "Lots of ripe blackcurrants with creamy oak. Smooth, with superbly fine-grained tannins, then a long-lasting, earthy and delicate finish."