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.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months 100% French Oak 10% New oak
Vineyard: Chateau, Red Barn, Fountain, Bridge, Gate
Bottle Date: May 2017