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Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary 2002

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The 2002 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red is the third vintage from our replanted vineyard at the corner of Oakville Crossroad and Silverado Trail. This benchland vineyard is planted in rocky, red volcanic soils at the foot of the Vaca Mountains using high density planting and low rigor rootstock to encourage the vines to produce smaller, highly concentrated berries. The 2002 was made primarily from Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux clone that has proven very successful at expressing our Oakville terroir. The 2002 growing season began almost a week later than normal but, with a warm spring, was back on track by bloom in late May. Alternately cool, then hot weather during bloom resulted in a flowering period that promoted even ripening with slightly below average crop levels. Harvest began a few days earlier than normal, with Malbec on September 4, followed by Merlot and Petit Verdot between September 9 and 11. The Cabernet Franc was harvested on September 16 and 18, followed by the Cabernet Sauvignon between September 17 and 26. Though weather during harvest was dry, cool spells interspersed with two brief heat spikes ultimately allowed for ideal flavor development in the grapes. As a result, the wine has ripe, concentrated, black fruit and mineral aromatics and flavors with a deep, rich mid-palate and a long, wellintegrated finish. After 19 to 31 days on the skins, the wine went into barrel for twenty months. It was fined in barrel with fresh egg whites and bottle unfiltered in June 2004. Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec Appellation: Oakville Fermentation: Native yeast and natural malolactic Aging: 20 months in finegrained Chateau-style French oak; 95% new Cases produced: 2200 Release Date: October 2005

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Rudd Estate:
In 1996, food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley when he purchased a 55-acre estate in Oakville, an appellation recognized for outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Today the red, rocky soils have been replanted and a stone winery with 22,000 square feet of subterranean caves has been built. This picturesque site is flan... Read more
In 1996, food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley when he purchased a 55-acre estate in Oakville, an appellation recognized for outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Today the red, rocky soils have been replanted and a stone winery with 22,000 square feet of subterranean caves has been built. This picturesque site is flanked by the renowned vineyards of Dalla Valle, Plumpjack, Harlan Estate's Bond, St. Eden Vineyard, Screaming Eagle, and Phelps Backus. Leslie Rudd hails from Wichita, Kansas. In addition to managing Standard Beverage Corporation, his home state's largest wine and spirits wholesaler, Leslie has forged a career in handcrafted luxury items and fine food, most notably as Chairman of Dean & DeLuca, the upscale nationwide purveyor of specialty foods, housewares and California wines. At Rudd Vineyards & Winery, the vintner has focused his love of fine-tuned artisanal tradition to create the first and only venture bearing his family's name. It will be a lasting legacy for his daughter and for many generations come. A quest for excellence and the financial resources to support it is what makes Rudd Oakville's most exciting up-and-coming winery. To make the best use of the winery's outstanding resources, David Abreu continues to consult as vineyard manager and Patrick Sullivan has joined the Rudd team as winemaker for the upcoming 2008 harvest season. Patrick returns home to the Rudd family after working with Randy Lewis as his winemaker and most recently as associate winemaker at the renowned Paul Hobbs Winery. Patrick shares Leslie’s vision of making the best wine from our Oakville Estate. Beginning with the 2000 vintage, Rudd is producing a cabernet family blend from the re-planted Oakville estate. Rudd also has close ties with a number of small, high-end growers allowing Rudd to produce small quantities of Sauvignon Blanc from the Napa Valley and Chardonnay from the Bacigalupi Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Read less

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The 2002 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red is the third vintage from our replanted vineyard at the corner of Oakville Crossroad and Silverado Trail. This benchland vineyard is planted in rocky, red volcanic soils at the foot of the Vaca Mountains using high density planting and low rigor rootstock to encourage the vines to produce smaller, highly concentrated berries. The 2002 was made primarily from Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux clone that has proven very successful at expressing our Oakville terroir. The 2002 growing season began almost a week later than normal but, with a warm spring, was back on track by bloom in late May. Alternately cool, then hot weather during bloom resulted in a flowering period that promoted even ripening with slightly below average crop levels. Harvest began a few days earlier than normal, with Malbec on September 4, followed by Merlot and Petit Verdot between September 9 and 11. The Cabernet Franc was harvested on September 16 and 18, followed by the Cabernet Sauvignon between September 17 and 26. Though weather during harvest was dry, cool spells interspersed with two brief heat spikes ultimately allowed for ideal flavor development in the grapes. As a result, the wine has ripe, concentrated, black fruit and mineral aromatics and flavors with a deep, rich mid-palate and a long, wellintegrated finish. After 19 to 31 days on the skins, the wine went into barrel for twenty months. It was fined in barrel with fresh egg whites and bottle unfiltered in June 2004. Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec Appellation: Oakville Fermentation: Native yeast and natural malolactic Aging: 20 months in finegrained Chateau-style French oak; 95% new Cases produced: 2200 Release Date: October 2005

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