A pure expression of Inglenook’s unique Rutherford Bench terroir
A single-barrel lot from the 2018 vintage, hand-selected by Philippe Bascaules and Chris Phelps
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from three Inglenook estate vineyards—Cohn, Creek and Pritchett Hill
Gradual, even ripening during the 2018 growing season contributed to this balanced, hedonistic wine
The 1,700-acre Inglenook estate, the largest contiguous property on the Rutherford Bench, has 235 acres devoted to vines. The vineyard is further divided into 120 distinct "growing areas," each of which produces a unique wine lot.
This single barrel 2018 Inglenook Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of rigorous lot selection and represents the passion and skill of the entire Inglenook team. This wine was grown, vinified and aged with meticulous care that Gustave Niebaum, who founded Inglenook 140 years ago, would undoubtedly appreciate. Three 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon lots from the Pritchett Hill, Cohn and Creek estate vineyards were ultimately blended to make this unique wine.
Single vineyard wine
Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Born into a wine-loving family, Chris Phelps completed a degree in enology at UC Davis prior to studying viticulture and enology at the University of Bordeaux. He was selected by his future mentors, Christian Moueix and enologist Jean-Claude Berrouet, of Château Pétrus and Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, to direct winemaking at Château des Laurets in Puisseguin-St. Emilion for the 1982 harvest. This led to extensive training at Château Pétrus and other Moueix properties on the Right Bank, and then to 12 years as founding winemaker at Dominus Estate, the Napa Valley property owned by Moueix. After Dominus, Chris served in as winemaker at Caymus Vineyards, prior to joining Swanson Vineyards, where he directed production until 2015. Chris likes to make “New World wines with an Old World sensibility,” blending experience and intuition with appropriate technology. He is passionate about bringing elegance and balance to the wines with which he is privileged to work. Chris has been producing his own Napa Cabernet Sauvignon under the Ad Vivum label since 2007. In addition to serving as Associate Winemaker for Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, he continues to consult for several other brands in Napa Valley and the Pacific Northwest. Chris and his wife, Maria, live in St. Helena, Napa Valley, where they raised their four children.
Country born: United States
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Personally chosen by Francis Ford Coppola, renowned French winemaker Philippe Bascaules came to Napa from Bordeaux in 2011 to become General Manager and Winemaker of Inglenook.
Born and bred in the southwest of France, Bascaules was a gifted student with a love of nature that ultimately inspired his passion for oenology. After receiving an agricultural engineering degree with a specialty in oenology from the graduate school of agronomy in Montpellier, France, Bascaules began his career at the legendary Chateau Margaux, one of France's five First Growth Bordeaux wineries, serving as assistant to the Estate Director, and during the past eleven years, was elevated to Estate Director overseeing the vineyards and cellars and working alongside renowned General Manager Paul Pontallier.
At Inglenook, Bascaules now leads a team of talented winemaking professionals dedicated to Coppola's vision of making Inglenook the finest New World estate wine produced in the Old World style. In 1890, founder Gustave Niebaum stated that Inglenook would one day "produce the finest wines, to equal and excel the most famous vintages of Europe." Over a century later, Coppola and Bascaules continue the Inglenook legacy.
Country born: France
Education: An Agricultural Engineering degree with a specialty in Oenology from the graduate school of agronomy in Montpellier, France
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
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