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1882 Cabernet Sauvignon

In 1882, only three years after purchasing the Inglenook property, Captain Niebaum produced his first vintage with a yield of 80,000 gallons. It was in this same year that the Captain and his general manager, Hamden W. McIntyre, built a test cellar dug directly into the hillside behind the Captain’s residence in order to investigate optimal barrel aging conditions. Inglenook’s debut vintage of its 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon in 2012 was made as a tribute to the Captain’s foresight and innovative spirit that led him toward achieving his goal of creating Napa Valley wines on par with those of the Old World.

The bottle’s distinctive etching features an image of the stone exterior of the cave where Niebaum and McIntyre conducted their experiments, a symbol of Inglenook’s integrity in striving for the very best in its ingredients, craft, and reputation, then as now.



1882 Cabernet Sauvignon



Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Chateau, Cohn, Red Barn, Small Block

Alcohol: 14.5%

Barrel Regime: 18 Months, 11% New French Oak, 89% Neutral French Oak

Bottled: May 2020

2018 Vintage Notes:

The 2018 vintage produced a generous crop of excellent quality. Well-timed precipitation in March and April encouraged slow, steady spring shoot development. Moderately warm temperatures throughout the season were ideal for gradual, even ripening of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvest for the 2018 Niebaum-Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 began in the Fountain block next to the historic Inglenook Chateau on September 19th, and continued at a smooth pace, culminating with blocks from the Cohn and Red Barn vineyards on October 18th.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

With its deep, red garnet color, the Niebaum-Coppola Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 leads off on the nose with attractive notes of cocoa powder, black cherry and ripe black plum. Immediately round and supple on the palate, the wine shows ripe flavors of cassis and black cherry, with a deft touch of French oak on the finish. Full and well-textured, this vintage of 1882 is particularly vibrant and fresh, with polished tannins of excellent quality.



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