Rudd Estate Jericho Canyon Vineyard 1999
[Glen Ellen Inn, Maytag Blue Cheese Filet] Planned to take advantage of the ($15) corking fee, but the bottle I brought was on the list (at a >2x markup). Found this on the list for <$80 which I thought was a great price. Opened a little tight, reticent nose, with min fruit, and sweet tannins. Over the course of the evening, developed smoke, blackfruit, minerals, and raspberry with surprising minimal tannins and oak. Later, lost the raspberry; more dark fruit and chocolate. In my mind this is not a blockbuster, but very nice wine, extremely well made wine. 50% Cab, 40% Merlot.