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Inglenook Blancaneaux

White

Appellation
Napa Valley

Grape Varietals
Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier

Rating
JS 91 | WA 90

2020, Inglenook Blancaneaux
Inglenook

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HISTORY
Sharing its name with one of The Family Coppola hideaway hotels in Belize, Blancaneaux–-meaning "white waters" in French––is deservedly Inglenook's preeminent white wine. From its first vintage in 1999 through to its 2002 vintage, Blancaneaux used to incorporate the features of Chardonnay along with three varietals of the Rhône Valley––Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne–-but since 2003 the blend consists solely of those three Rhône varietals in proportions that best suit the overall expression. Like Rubicon, Blancaneaux doesn't describe any one grape personality but speaks volumes about the Inglenook terroir that contributes to its range of nuanced flavors, dense palate, and mix of aromatic interests.

VINTAGE
Inglenook has long embraced organic farming, and we were among the first Napa Valley wineries to have our vineyards certified organic more than 25 years ago. Our farming prac­tices, combined with low temperatures during the winter before the 2020 growing season, made soil nutrients for good early spring growth available to all three of our white Rhône varieties. In turn, the leaf canopies developed early, and provided good protection from a heat spike we experienced just prior to harvest. The 2020 Blancaneaux harvest began with Viognier on August 20th and culminated with Marsanne and Roussanne on September 9th and 10th. The abundance of fruit was right on track, while quality was consistently excellent.

TASTING NOTES
"Brilliant gold-yellow in color, the wine opens with inviting accents of Meyer lemon curd, honeysuckle, and white peach. Seamless and creamy on the palate, this is a nicely concentrated wine. It closes with lingering notes of chamomile and juicy Anjou pear and retains a vibrant tension throughout."

- Francis Ford Coppola, Winemaker

Blend : 
• 36% - Viognier
• 33% - Marsanne
• 31% - Roussane

"Pear and white-peach aromas with some citrus follow through to a full body with layers of fruit and a fresh finish. Mineral undertones. A rather solid and delicious white. Viognier, marsanne and roussanne. Drink now."

- James Suckling, 91 points. 

"A blend of 36% Viognier, 33% Marsanne, and 31% Roussanne, the 2020 Blancaneaux slips sensuously from the glass with notes of white peaches, allspice, jasmine tea, and apple sauce, plus a hint of aniseed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a lovely satiny texture and a spicy spark of apple flavors, finishing perfumed" 

- The Wine Advocate, 90 points.

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The Producer

"Among the Napa Cult wines, Inglenook is one the oldest estate, that kept a high quality level for over a century. The property has been bought by Francis Ford Coppola in the 1970’s and the wine is made by Philippe Bascaules, General Director of Château Margaux.

The Inglenook legacy began in 1879 when Gustave Niebaum, a Finnish sea captain, wine connoisseur and entrep... read more

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