|The historic Inglenook Winery - Click to enlarge|
A spiritual successor to the Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1940s and 1950s (some of which have been described as California’s greatest ever Cabernet Sauvignons), the 2009 Inglenook “Cask” Cabernet Sauvignon will be released wearing a label designed by a retired US mint artist that bears a close resemblance to the Inglenook Estate labels of the late 1950s. The new label for the 2009 Inglenook “Cask” Cabernet Sauvignon will show the facade of the Inglenook winery, with a scrolling and italic font picking out the Inglenook name.
Previously broken up and sold off, Inglenook was one of the great Californian estates, however it was in a sorry state when film-maker Francis Ford Coppola bought a small portion of the original Inglenook Estate in 1975. Having spent the last 30 years reuniting the separate parts of the Inglenook Estate and restoring the vineyards, Francis Ford Coppola now intends to return Inglenook to its former glories. Philippe Bascaules (formerly winemaker at Bordeaux “first growth” Chateau Margaux) has been hired as winemaker to effect this resurrection.
Bascaules has reportedly commented that an early tasting of the 2009 Inglenook “Cask” Cabernet Sauvignon shows the “incredible potential” of the Ingelnook Estate.