Rubicon Estate Rubicon 2002
Wine EnthusiastFragrant, showing cascades of violets, caramelized new oak, sweet cherry pie, cocoa and cassis aromas. In the mouth, it's unctuous, and floods the palate with sweet, savory flavors. Has a youthful jamminess right now, which will melt off and refine as time goes by. Such is the elegance and balance that cellaring it for 20 years will be no problem. This is the best Rubicon ever. Cellar Selection.
Wine & SpiritsPerhaps the best vintage of Rubicon to date, this wine grows at one of the best cabernet sauvignon sites in Napa Valley, on the Rutherford benchlands first planted by Wiliam C. Watson in 1871, before 19th century shipping magnate Gustave Niebaum selected the land for his own ambitous estate. Now it belongs to Francis Ford Coppola, who spent the last 30 years reassembling what is now a 1,700-acre property. Winemaker Scott McLeod uses heavily toasted French oak the way he would if he were making a first growth Bordeaux, and here the fruit lives up to the barrel. The wine has an internal energy; it feels bursting with life, in bloom. The dark fruit is at once luscious and beautifully formed, the flavor lasting for minutes. A genuine expression of place...
Wine SpectatorCombines richness with elegance and grace, offering up loamy currant, dried berry, tobacco, sage and a dash of herb that takes on a supple earthiness reminiscent of Pessac-Léognan. For those who seek a Bordeaux expression from Napa Valley, this is a good candidate. Best from 2007 through 2012. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,296 cases made.
Wine AdvocateA dark plum/ruby hue is accompanied by a nondescript nose of damp earth as well as red and black fruits. The unexpressive aromatics are followed by a rustic red with medium to full body, not a great deal of concentration, but plenty of pepper, spice, black cherries, and currants. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. I expected more from this estate.