A classic expression of Inglenook’s terroir, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a complex aromatic burst of cassis, black cherry, vanilla and anise. Supple, ripe tannins enhance a velvety palate, which boasts tremendous depth. Even more striking is the extravagant array of macerated black fruits which extends through the lingering finish.
Following a relatively warm winter, the 2015 growing season at Inglenook began early, staying 14 to 21 days ahead of average from budbreak to harvest. Variable weather during flowering in May, and limited precipitation for the fourth consecutive year, led to relatively low yields. Merlot, the first Bordeaux varietal to reach maturity, was picked on August 22nd, followed nine days later by the first lot of Cabernet Sauvignon. The dry, warm weather during September resulted in optimal conditions for fruit ripening. Harvest was completed by September 24th. Modest vineyard yields resulted in wines that capture Inglenook’s signature elegance, while remaining round and generous on the palate.
Appellation: Rutherford, CA
Ensemble: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Cabernet Franc 4.5% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot 0.5% Malbec
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months 100% French Oak 50% New Oak
Vineyard: Chateau, Cohn, Small Block, Walnut, Gio, Creek, Lower Garden
Bottle Date: May 2017