2002 Rubicon Estate / Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon- USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford (11/7/2009)
Decanted and enjoyed over two hours. Nice nose of saddle leather and graphite. Smooth, earthy, extreme balance. Harmonious, with secondary floral notes playing off a field of dark red fruits. This was a nice surprise as my expectations were not that great. In a very nice place today, should continue to be in its window for several more years.
This is my first Rubicon. My previous experiences with the Coppola offerings haven’t been great. I wasn’t expecting it to be as nuanced and interesting as it was given the relative simplicity of the other bottles that I’ve had.