Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2008 Rubicon is an attractive, fleshy wine laced with dark red cherries, spices and flowers. It is a soft, supple wine to drink now and over the next few years while the fruit retains its generous, radiant personality. The blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. (Dec 2011)
In 1975, Francis Ford Coppola purchased the old Inglenook property, intent to restore the historic chateau, reunite the original vineyards, and create world-class red wines. The estate’s flagship wine is Rubicon; a proprietary blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, produced from the best selections of the estate’s 235 contiguous acres of certified-organic vineyards, including Clone #29 Cabernet Sauvignon.
This unique Cabernet clone defines the heart of the Rubicon blend. Designated and certified by the University of California at Davis as a heritage clone, it is considered one of the building blocks of the Napa Valley’s Cabernet reputation.