Niebaum Coppola in the Rutherford AVA

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The rich history of Niebaum Coppola dates back to the mid 19th century. Gustave Niebaum founded Inglenook Winery in 1880. Niebaum’s dedication to perfection was widely recognized.

Within ten years of their first vintage, Inglenook Winery was gaining steam both domestically in internationally. Prohibition marked the end of the Inglenook’s early years, but its impact on Napa Valley will never be forgotten.

The fate of the Inglenook property would change forever when Francis Ford Coppola was taken by the beauty of this historic site. Coppola deeply respected Niebaum and felt it was his duty to restore the property to its former glory. Niebaum Coppola Estate Winery was born.

Winemakers Scott Mcleod and Corey Beck share Coppola’s vision and have been working to produce wines that Gustave Niebaum would be proud of. The winery’s flagship wine is without question the Rubicon. This blend is made primarily from estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon fruit.

Niebaum Coppola in the Rutherford AVA

They also produce several other premium quality wines. The Blancaneaux is the sister of the Rubicon. This white blend is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Chardonnay. The Cask Cabernet is made from 100% estate grown fruit. Their RC Reserve Syrah has been described as “precise and arresting.”

The winery also makes a single varietal Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Zinfandel. Named after Coppola’s grandfather, the Edizione Pennino is an excellent Zin that I have enjoyed several times. The historic winery and tasting room is a pleasure to visit.