Inglenook

Cask Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2178 ratings
9.228 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

Rich, deep cassis and dark berry fruit, with some warm, gravelly minerality and a bit of baker’s chocolate on the nose. Soft and enveloping in the mouth. Long and balanced. A nice treat, since the last Inglenook Cab I had was the 77, which I had in the early 80s.

Rich, deep cassis and dark berry fruit, with some warm, gravelly minerality and a bit of baker’s chocolate on the nose. Soft and enveloping in the mouth. Long and balanced. A nice treat, since the last Inglenook Cab I had was the 77, which I had in the early 80s.

Jan 1st, 2019
Randy Fuller

This dark wine bursts with rich cassis, vanilla and tobacco notes on the nose. Black fruit flavors are met with minerals and spice and the tannins are a step away from youthful, vibrant yet showing a soft side. The Cabernet Franc shows up wonderfully spicy with a green note in tow, while the Merlot even sneaks in a whiff of smoke. It's a pleasure from sniff to swallow, and the lengthy finish reminds one to go back for another sip.

This dark wine bursts with rich cassis, vanilla and tobacco notes on the nose. Black fruit flavors are met with minerals and spice and the tannins are a step away from youthful, vibrant yet showing a soft side. The Cabernet Franc shows up wonderfully spicy with a green note in tow, while the Merlot even sneaks in a whiff of smoke. It's a pleasure from sniff to swallow, and the lengthy finish reminds one to go back for another sip.

Dec 27th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Second red wine at Table #1 at Oakton Wine Shops Bucket List Tasting.

Deep purplish ruby red. Rich nose with red berries, cassis, spices and cinnamon. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Dark fruits on the palate with layers of spices and dark gravel. Long and lingering finish. Solid Napa Valley Cabernet for around $70.00 and built to last. Drink till 2032. (91+)

Second red wine at Table #1 at Oakton Wine Shops Bucket List Tasting.

Deep purplish ruby red. Rich nose with red berries, cassis, spices and cinnamon. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Dark fruits on the palate with layers of spices and dark gravel. Long and lingering finish. Solid Napa Valley Cabernet for around $70.00 and built to last. Drink till 2032. (91+)

Jul 23rd, 2017
Shay A
9.2

A bottle that I had forgotten about in my cellar. Curiosity got the best of me as I think 2012 Napa cabs are entering a sweet spot.

This deserved a decant, honestly. Consumed from the bottle over the course of an hour or so, and the last glass was the best. I wouldn’t say this is an old school cab (although their history is), I’d say this is more in between old school and modern. Something for everyone to enjoy here. Aromatically, this was very floral...potpourri, slight note of herbs and just starting to channel a bit of secondary notes (tobacco, bay leaf). It sports a beautiful red/purple/black color variation in the glass with some translucence. On the palate, very classic...tar, kirsch, black currant, mocha, dark chocolate covered black cherries, and some baking spices toward the finish. The finish here really is starting to integrate as there is no harsh tannin or overt oak. Not quite warm vintage left bank Bordeaux, but trending that direction style wise. If opening now, decant 2-3hrs, or hold for another 3-5yrs easily to enjoy this drinking window.

A bottle that I had forgotten about in my cellar. Curiosity got the best of me as I think 2012 Napa cabs are entering a sweet spot.

This deserved a decant, honestly. Consumed from the bottle over the course of an hour or so, and the last glass was the best. I wouldn’t say this is an old school cab (although their history is), I’d say this is more in between old school and modern. Something for everyone to enjoy here. Aromatically, this was very floral...potpourri, slight note of herbs and just starting to channel a bit of secondary notes (tobacco, bay leaf). It sports a beautiful red/purple/black color variation in the glass with some translucence. On the palate, very classic...tar, kirsch, black currant, mocha, dark chocolate covered black cherries, and some baking spices toward the finish. The finish here really is starting to integrate as there is no harsh tannin or overt oak. Not quite warm vintage left bank Bordeaux, but trending that direction style wise. If opening now, decant 2-3hrs, or hold for another 3-5yrs easily to enjoy this drinking window.

1 person found it helpfulJan 23rd, 2021
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.4

Wonderfully tight and lean, graphite and cherry and espresso. Green herbs on the finish.

Wonderfully tight and lean, graphite and cherry and espresso. Green herbs on the finish.

1 person found it helpfulJun 5th, 2016
Roy Goble

Great example of Napa Cab

Great example of Napa Cab

Apr 30th, 2017
Lee Pitofsky

red currant, black cherry, black raspberry, vanilla, cedar, baking spices, impressively long finish

red currant, black cherry, black raspberry, vanilla, cedar, baking spices, impressively long finish

Apr 15th, 2017
Louie Christensen

Rutherford dust through and through. A firm structure, with warm walnuts, spices and creme de cassis.

Rutherford dust through and through. A firm structure, with warm walnuts, spices and creme de cassis.

Dec 29th, 2016
Paul Masson

Not as complete as Rubicon, but complex and age-worthy in its own right

Not as complete as Rubicon, but complex and age-worthy in its own right

Oct 21st, 2016
Sipping Fine Wine

A Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. On the nose, red and black fruits with pleasant aromatic spices. The palate shows ripe cherry, strawberry and bkackberry flavors, subtle spices, some cacao and oak. Good balance, generous acidity, rich tannins and some smokiness noted on the long finish. Should show well for a decade.

A Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. On the nose, red and black fruits with pleasant aromatic spices. The palate shows ripe cherry, strawberry and bkackberry flavors, subtle spices, some cacao and oak. Good balance, generous acidity, rich tannins and some smokiness noted on the long finish. Should show well for a decade.

Jun 23rd, 2016