Not knowing how long we were going with electricity, I had pulled a few bottles to get us thru the electricity cut off by PGE. Figuring we had a few steaks in the freezer, picked a couple of nice wines from the cellar. As it turns out, due to four ice chests, our freezer being kept shut, replacing ice after two days, etc., the steaks were frozen solid. My wife had some ground chuck that was in the line of coolers and had started to defrost, so spaghetti was our targeted meal in the dark last night! Unfortunately and fortunately, the one bottle of wine not left in the sealed wine cellar was an exquisite and well-aged 2007 Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon. Just as we were about to sit down for dinner, the lights after 3 days and 18 hours came back on!!
This wine is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. In 1995 Niebaum-Coppola acquired this historic property and restored the named Inglenook. Rubicon was their flagship wine with an embossed glassed logo. Today it is their historical paper version. On the eyes it had a deep purple and medium weight viscosity greeted one with anticipation. On the nose, aged leather, coffee, tobacco, black licorice and plum filled the senses. On the palate, the predominance of Bing cherries (which you do not get on the nose) bursts in the mouth. This coupled with vanilla, blueberry and cocoa along with some background floral notes provided so much in this one bottle. The finish was smooth as silk as the tannins were present but tamed. Especially after 12 years being cellared, made this a spectacular wine. With different circumstances I would recommend a prime rib, tri tip or ribeye with this instead of spaghetti, but it was still wonderful. The best spaghetti wine I have enjoyed!