2012 Rubicon Estate (Niebaum-Coppola) Rubicon
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WA 95
  • JS 95
  • VN 93

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In Stock: 10 btls
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ETA: Pending

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2014
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon, which used to be a proprietary blend and had a somewhat rustic, Italian personality, has now been put under the Inglenook Vineyard designation. Where the Cabernet Sauvignon was a blend... The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon, which used to be a proprietary blend and had a somewhat rustic, Italian personality, has now been put under the Inglenook Vineyard designation. Where the Cabernet Sauvignon was a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the Rubicon has abandoned any Italian varietals in favor of a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. I think it’s safe to say this is potentially the best Rubicon made to date. It’s not to denigrate other vintages, but there is a finesse and elegance combined with great richness and an avoidance of any rusticity that plagued some of the other vintages – which is to be admired. At three times the price, it’s not three times the wine of the Cask Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses a dense purple color, beautiful, sweet crème de cassis notes with a floral underpinning. I don’t see any of the Rutherford dust, per se, but there is an undertone of earthiness. The wine is full-bodied, rich, potentially complex and certainly capable of lasting 20 to 30 or more years. This is a great young Rubicon that will have its peak in 5-7 years and last 25-30. - Robert Parker
JS 95
jamessuckling.com, May 2016
The aromas of tar, spice, black currant, blueberry and cedar follow through to a full body with ultra-polished tannins and pointed flavors. Exceptional balance and finesse. Better in 2019 but already gorgeous.
VN 93
Vinous, October 2015
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is deeper, inkier and sweeter than the Cask, with quite a bit more new French oak influence. Espresso, mocha, licorice, cloves and new leather are fused together in an unctuous... The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon is deeper, inkier and sweeter than the Cask, with quite a bit more new French oak influence. Espresso, mocha, licorice, cloves and new leather are fused together in an unctuous, resonant Cabernet loaded with mid-palate sweetness and intensity. Radiant and generous, the 2012 will provide readers with a long window of pure drinking pleasure once the tannins soften a bit. Today, the 2012 comes across as a bit less expressive than on other occasions.
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, May 2017
Blended from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. This Cabernet has a dark purple core trending towards a garnet rim. On the nose, there’s trademark ‘Rutherford Dust’, black fruits... Blended from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. This Cabernet has a dark purple core trending towards a garnet rim. On the nose, there’s trademark ‘Rutherford Dust’, black fruits, cassis, tobacco and cigar box. Entry has juicy black and blue fruit leading towards a mid-palate featuring the more savory elements of the nose including cedar, dry earth and touches of spearmint. Tannins are tightly knit, fairly well integrated and there is a moderately long, pleasant finish. Overall mouthfeel is polished and silky. Though tasting good now, another couple of years in bottle will benefit this greatly. Drink 2019-2029
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2012
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork