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Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Supple, with complex currant, anise, mineral, herb and sage flavors that are well-defined, adding hints of espresso and fresh earth. The tannins are ripe and fine-grained and the finish reveals extra dimensions of depth and complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012.

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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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Snooth User: djmabe
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11/22/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Supple, with complex currant, anise, mineral, herb and sage flavors that are well-defined, adding hints of espresso and fresh earth. The tannins are ripe and fine-grained and the finish reveals extra dimensions of depth and complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A superb although closed offering is the 2002 Proprietary Estate wine from Oakville, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 1% Malbec. Aged 20 months in oak, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine displays a distinctive perfume reminiscent of a top-notch Graves. Aromas of scorched earth, tobacco leaf, black currants, and blueberries are accompanied by a striking minerality, high tannins and a certain austerity, which suggest considerable aging potential for this wine, which is concentrated with a certain exuberance and unctuosity but firm structure. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Good medium ruby. Subtle aromas of blackberry, licorice and tarry new oak. Suave and light on its feet, with juicy flavors of blueberry, currant, violet and cedar lifted by minerality from these red soils. A bit more thoroughly ripe and less leafy than the 2002 cabernet, but not quite so fruit-driven. Very dense wine, finishing with substantial, fine tannins that come late, allowing the wine's well-delineated flavors to expand on the palate. Very sophisticated red wine.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

An incredible effort, this wine offers both power and style; highly extracted yet smooth and well-balanced, this is one of the vintage’s top wines; excellent with a Porterhouse steak.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

The 2001 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1,950 cases of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot) exhibits an inky/purple/black color. This huge, powerful, deep, rich 2001 reveals telltale, big, sweet, chocolatey, espresso, blackberry, cassis aromas as well as massive flavors that ooze across the palate with great richness, purity, and equilibrium. The wineandrsquo;s wonderful sweetness is due to the full phenolic ripeness and elevated glycerin. High tannin is well-concealed by the extravagant richness of this brilliant effort. Drink 2006andndash;2020.



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