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“Classy rebirth for a valley pioneer”
Review of Inglenook

Inglenook
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Inglenook legacy began in 1879 when Gustave Niebaum, a Finnish sea captain, wine connoisseur and entrepreneur, came to Rutherford to build a wine estate that would rival Europe's finest. When Niebaum's grandnephew, John Daniel, Jr. inherited the chateau and vineyards in the 1930s, Inglenook had already earned international acclaim. Francis and Eleanor Coppola purchased the property in 1975 and have spent forty years reuniting the original vineyards, returning winemaking operations to the chateau, and restoring Inglenook's illustrious heritage with the help of renowned wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt and Managing Director and Winemaker Philippe Bascaules. In honor of this estate and its historical significance, we have restored the name, Inglenook.
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Inglenook has had more lives than a cat. One of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, dating to 1879, it has long been known for Cabernet and was Robert Mondavi's inspiration for starting his own winery. Then it was owned by a corporation, who used its legendary name for Central Valley jug wine. Then, it was purchased by Francis Coppola and renamed.
Now the name is back, the wines are back and the beautiful estate is more beautiful than ever, thanks to work done by owner Coppola. Visitors stop outside the gate for a barcoded pass to enter the allee leading to the "chateau." An outdoor cafe with Parisian tables and shaded by sycamores evokes France.
The tastings, no longer free to the former busloads of tourists that once clogged the grounds, are elegantly presented by well-dressed employees. The wines are still superb -- don't miss the Syrah.
Inglenook has been reborn. Don't miss it.

Thank vinfan
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

We spent a few hours here for some lunch during our first visit to Napa and had a really nice time! We would not have put it on our itinerary, but our driver felt that it was a good spot for us to take a break and enjoy the outdoors without need for a wine tasting or tour. He was right! There is great history here - we enjoyed grabbing a bite to eat and drink at the café, and then wandering around the property. The restored main structure now houses a small museum which lays out the history of the property and the lengths (and years) it took for the Coppolas to acquire the entire original property. Worth a stop!

Thank Nicole P
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Four friends traveled to Napa for our first tasting there. The grounds, the historic structures, friendly staff made for a terrific experience. Dapper David explained the wines to us and patiently answered all our questions. The pairing with the cheese and and sliced bagette was a very nice touch. I would happily take friends for such a relaxing, educational and very tasty experience. A bit expensive but the treat was worth it.

Thank WeSawIt2013
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

After visiting a few boutique smaller vineyards which were individually unique, coming to inglenook and being told it's very brash and mass market is simply not true.

The setting, scenery and the amount of space is incredible. Beautiful luscious gardens and fountain sets an old world romantic tone.

If you only visit one winery, go to Inglenook. Head to the cafe and drink Rubicon, no need to attend tour if it's not your style. Rubicon is the most amazing silky smooth wine you will ever drink. Buy it now. (this is not a paid review but darn their wine is off the charts)

Best winery in napa ever.

Thank bigglesworth87
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I came to Inglenook not knowing what to expect. It was our first time in Napa, and we did as much research as we could between our wedding and flying out to California.

We both agree that the grounds were amazingly well kept and quite beautiful, especially to us first-timers. We opted for the general admission with heritage tasting. At first the price was somewhat off-putting ($65 pp), but what came out was one of the most rewarding experiences we've had in a wine tasting.

David was our Wine Educator, and he exuded a professionalism that is hard to find anywhere. Each of the four wines he poured came with a different story that was both informative and entertaining. He never rushed us and offered the opportunity to re-experizence wines that we liked.

Afterwards, we spent time at the bistro and checked out the second floor museum of film history. We took our time taking in the sights, the food, and the scenery; there was no feeling of being hurried out. Our only time limit was our dinner reservation.

All in all, this experience comes with a high recommendation, but it does have a (literal) price. One must also call ahead to reserve their tasting experience. Other than that, the staff and our Wine Educator were top notch. We affirmed with each other that this was one of our best experience we be had so far.

Thank Jeush J
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