Rare Inglenook wines up for auction

on 15/09/11 at 2:40 pm


Rare bottles of Napa legend Inglenook – including vintages from the 1940s – come under the hammer in New York this month.

Inglenook, the estate built by Gustave Niebaum at the turn of the century, which Francis Ford Coppola bought in 1975, spending the next 40 years reconstructing and restoring, was until the 1970s one of the most renowned Californian wines.

Since then the Inglenook name has passed through several owners and the Inglenook brand became synonymous with the lowest-level jug wines.

Earlier this year Coppola acquired the Inglenook name and now intends to restore it to its former reputation.

Coppola first called the estate Niebaum-Coppola, then Rubicon Estate, and he will now restore the original name to Inglenook.

‘I now have the right wine and the right people behind it. If that doesn’t rehabilitate Inglenook, then no amount of public relations is going to do that for you,’ he told Decanter.com in June.

Now he is auctioning a bottle of Inglenook 1935, estimated at US$600-800, from what Christie’s terms ‘the golden era’ of winemaker John Daniel Jr, and two bottles of the 1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, estimated at US$8-12,000.

FULL STORY via Decanter

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