2006 Rubicon Captain’s Reserve Cab Sauv

As our name suggests, we are two winos and how best to express that than by drinking a bottle of wine and telling you about it?

We tend to be romantics – at least Steve accuses me of it – so you should expect our impressions to evoke a romantic love with the wine we drink. Does it mean we will love each wine? Probably not. As they say, love stinks at times. On to the first wine review from the 2 Hollywood Winos. And of course it’s a wine affiliated with a filmmaker!

The 2006 Rubicon Captain’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

We were introduced to this wine when we were in Napa for the Napa Valley Film Festival in early November of 2011. Jane’s film Take Me Home was playing in the festival and it was a week of decadence and celebration. We want to say we watched a ton of movies on this trip, but the allure of wine country really sucked us in.



Our Film

Steve thought we should schedule a tasting at the Rubicon Estate due to its reputation and Francis Ford Coppola’s involvement with the winery. And it didn’t hurt that is was close to where we were staying. A short drive in wine country is always a plus!

Fountains at Rubicon



Steve in front of Rubicon

Rubicon Estate is a winery affiliated with the famous filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. It’s located in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley. Rutherford is an AVA or American Viticultural Area (sounds very formal and stodgy) known for it’s big, bold cab sauvs. And the Captain’s Reserve doesn’t disappoint.


Steve says:

This cab has a beautiful, deep ruby red color and medium body that opens up even bigger, there’s also black cherry on the nose. On the finish you’ll find a subtle bite of tannin and just a hint of dryness. Overall it strikes me as rich, well-balanced and ready to drink. The tasting atmosphere was almost dungeon-like with cool barrel-vaulted ceilings and servers that aren’t afraid to share their knowledge of the wine and the brand.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Jane says:

This winery was a highlight of our trip. It has an old-school vibe, rich with tradition and the Captain’s Reserve embodies this feeling perfectly. Tasting it brought me back in time to an era when Napa was just farmland populated by those who dreamt of what it could be. Captain Gustave Niebaum harvested the land in the late 1880s and Francis Ford Coppola has brought it into modern-day, while preserving the hopes of the past winemakers on this land. The wine is lush and balanced, filling your mouth with hints of blackberry and black cherry.

4 out of 5 stars

Just the Facts Ma’am

2006 Estate grown and bottled Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cab Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot

19 Months in French Oak

13.9% alcohol

$48.00/750ml bottle

Available primarily at Inglenook.

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