1882 was the first vintage produced by Inglenook founder Gustave Niebaum. That same year, Niebaum dug a small cave into the Mayacamas foothills on the back property of the estate in his quest for optimal barrel aging conditions. This wine pays tribute to Captain Niebaum, whose spirit of innovation and exploration continues to live on at Inglenook.
Following a relatively warm winter, the 2015 growing season at Inglenook began early, staying 14 to 21 days ahead of average from budbreak through harvest. Variable weather during flowering in May, and limited precipitation for the third consecutive year, led to relatively low yields. The dry, warm weather during the second week of September ensured optimal ripening of fruit designated for the 1882 blend. Cabernet Sauvignon from Chateau Block S1 was the first lot to reach maturity on September 3rd. The final block was harvested on September 22nd from the Cohn Vineyard, Red Barn block.
Having reduced yields in 2015 resulted in highly focused wines and made 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon an exemplary reflection of the vintage. Sweet, savory scents of cassis, forest floor, wild blackberry, cedar, and vanilla flow seamlessly into a consistent flavor impression on the palate. This wine evokes a true sensation of balance between freshness, oak integration, fruit concentration and modest alcohol. The luxurious mouthfeel and tannin structure offer the added assurance of extended cellar potential.
A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 1882 opens with ripe cherries, blackberry tart and warm cassis scents plus hints of dried Mediterranean herbs, chargrill and spice cake. Medium-bodied with a good amount of juicy, savory fruity, it has a light grip of chewy tannins on the finish. 4,063 cases produced.