2014 Inglenook Cabernet
“The 2014 vintage of Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon reflects a pure composition that contains only small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and just a touch of Merlot. From this outstanding year emerges a smooth, generous palate with fine dusty tannins and exemplary balance. As weighty and voluptuous as its predecessor, the flavors and fragrance of this vintage lean more heavily toward black fruits and seasoned wood. Cassis, blackberries, plums, and black currants provide juicy, mouthfilling flavors while distinct notes of cigar box, oak, graphite, and earthy spices create aromatic accents that are bound to evolve and become even more intense with bottle age. Yet, impressive density and texture already create ample allure.”
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon pulses with a host of savory and mineral notes that confer notable freshness. Quite representative of the vintage, the Cabernet displays considerable energy and tension, with terrific intensity throughout. Graphite, lavender, mint, smoke and tobacco are all finely knit in a Cabernet that offers quite a bit of potential.
“Inglenook continues to be one of the great turnarounds in Napa Valley over the last few years. Philippe Bascaule has done a terrific job in honing on quality while re-establishing a more classic style by picking earlier and refining the approach to cooperage. Today, there are essentially three Cabernets; the flagship Rubicon emerges from parcels at the back of the property that have historically been the most prized, while the straight Cabernet Sauvignon (formerly known as Cask) draws on parcels throughout the estate, but tends to focus on the front side of the property. Inglenook’s 2012s continue to develop positively, while the 2013s capture all of the potential I sensed when I tasted them from barrel last year. In addition to the bottled wines, I also tasted two 2014s that express the linear energy of the vintage nicely. Those wines suggest quality is still on the rise.” – Vinous