2006 Rubicon, Captain's Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes

2006 Captain's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep
purple hue and a beautiful nose of cut plums, cassis, and
fragrant spices. There are vibrant flavors of sweet cherries
and crushed blueberries interwoven with notes of black
currants, allspice, and mocha. Mild tannins and sweet oak
impressions layered between rich, ripe ribbons of fruit make
for a dazzling display of power and elegance.

Lithe, tall and fair, Scott McLeod is a Napa Valley winemaker right out of
central casting--the handsome guy you want in the sun-dappled vineyard
brochure. What better choice could there be for Niebaum-Coppola winery
owner and director Francis Ford Coppola?

But, looks aside, McLeod is the man who can rightfully take credit for
developing Coppola's flagship, Bordeaux-style Cabernet blend, Rubicon,
into a wine that effectively competes with Opus One, Joseph Phelps Insignia
and other connoisseur brands.

Coppola's executive winemaker for the past 10 years, McLeod has carefully
nurtured Rubicon through blending changes, vineyard replantings and
business pressures to accelerate the release cycle. He's hit a home run all
but one year.

"In 1998, we declassified Rubicon for quality reasons. It is one of the
advantages of Francis and his wife Ellie being sole stockholders. We have
more latitude in making quality decisions," Niebaum-Coppola President Erle
Martin says. The 1998 Cabernet was used for other estate wines. Rubicon
was also declassified in 1983.
Long Journey

Rubicon has been around for decades, but it took Coppola's showmanship,
with Martin's marketing skill and McLeod's blending talents, to catapult the
wine to a globally recognized brand in the 1990s.
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Wine Profile:

Blend: 87% Cabernet
Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc,
4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Barrel Regimen: 19 months
French oak
Alcohol: 13.9%
Scott McLeod