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Rudd Proprietary Red Jericho Canyon Vineyard 2000

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Exhibiting an opaque black/purple color, the 1999 Jericho Canyon Vineyard boasts a superb perfume of charcoal, creosote, blackberry liqueur, espresso, dried Provençal herbs, licorice, and minerals. Smoke from the toasty new oak also emerges. A superbly dense, full-bodied, exquisite effort, it is a blockbuster, yet incredibly harmonious. It is a winemaking tour de force. One can only imagine when the 45 acres of estate vineyards planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot come into production what might be achieved since this vineyard's neighbors include such luminary sites as Phelps's Backus Vineyard, Dalla Valle, Screaming Eagle, Venge Family Reserve, Plumpjack and Opus One.

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Jericho Canyon Vineyard:
In the 1980s, we moved from the Bay Area to Calistoga after we purchased a small ranch in Jericho Canyon at the base of Mt. St. Helena. It took less than a minute to know that this ranch was what we had been looking for the previous three years: it had a creek filled with tadpoles and water skeeters, a 100 year old farm house, a pond shaded by gorgeous oak trees, a stupendous view of the Pal... Read more
In the 1980s, we moved from the Bay Area to Calistoga after we purchased a small ranch in Jericho Canyon at the base of Mt. St. Helena. It took less than a minute to know that this ranch was what we had been looking for the previous three years: it had a creek filled with tadpoles and water skeeters, a 100 year old farm house, a pond shaded by gorgeous oak trees, a stupendous view of the Palisades and Mt. St. Helena, and meadows dotted with wild flowers. We knew without a doubt that this was the place to raise our children. Originally given in a land grant to a veteran of the Civil War as payment for his services, the ranch is situated along the road to the old Silverado Mine, a spot made famous by Robert Lewis Stevenson in his book Silverado Squatters. The property had been used as a cattle ranch since the 1930s, but it showed evidence of a pre-Prohibition vineyard alongside of Jericho Creek. We replanted the old vineyard and extended it up the canyon, terracing extensively due to the steepness of the terrain. With the terraces following the contours of the land, it is reminiscent of an old world style vineyard. We planted Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990 and Merlot and Cabernet Franc in 1993. In the early years, we sold our fruit to a variety of wineries including Chateau Montelena, Sterling Vineyards, and Clos du Val. It was not until 1998, however, that we were finally confident we were producing the highest quality fruit. We began selling our grapes to Rudd Estate, which produced a vineyard designate wine that was very well received by the critics (Robert Parker : Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard 1998 – 95, 1999 – 92, 2000 – (90-92). From 2001-2005 our fruit went to Ramey Wine Cellars, which produced a much sought after vineyard designate wine - Ramey Wine Cellars Jericho Canyon Vineyard. Winemaker David Ramey also produced an ultra premium wine for our own label, Jericho Canyon Vineyard. Again, the wine received exceptional reviews (please see our Reviews page). The 2006 harvest was an historic one for us: we completed our winery in the center of our vineyard and produced our first Estate wines. With winemakers Robbie Meyer and Jade Barrett only steps away in the winery, we are all able to keep a watchful eye on the vineyard as we wait for optimal grape development. Once harvested, the fruit takes the short trip to the winery where we carefully and attentively process each small lot. Following the 2006 harvest, we removed the majority of our Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and we began replanting by adding a variety of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc clones. In addition, we added Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. Field budded in the spring of 2008, these plants should produce quality fruit in 2010. Read less

External Reviews for Rudd Proprietary Red Jericho Canyon Vineyard

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

Exhibiting an opaque black/purple color, the 1999 Jericho Canyon Vineyard boasts a superb perfume of charcoal, creosote, blackberry liqueur, espresso, dried Provençal herbs, licorice, and minerals. Smoke from the toasty new oak also emerges. A superbly dense, full-bodied, exquisite effort, it is a blockbuster, yet incredibly harmonious. It is a winemaking tour de force. One can only imagine when the 45 acres of estate vineyards planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot come into production what might be achieved since this vineyard's neighbors include such luminary sites as Phelps's Backus Vineyard, Dalla Valle, Screaming Eagle, Venge Family Reserve, Plumpjack and Opus One.


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

The 2000 Jericho Canyon Vineyard Proprietary Red (a 2,500-case blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot) is atypically full-bodied and powerful for the vintage. While it may not possess the complexity of the 1999, it offers copious quantities of black fruits, licorice, and coffee. The wine is dense and supple, with sweet tannin and a long finish. It should drink well for 12andndash;15 years.


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

Saturated ruby-red. thoroughly ripe aromas of black raspberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, minerals, tar and sexy oak. Sweet, dense and concentrated, with a strong mineral underpinning and excellent grip. Finishes very long and ripe, with big, tongue-dusting tannins. A superb showing.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/18/2014

The 2000 Jericho Canyon Vineyard Proprietary Red (a 2,500-case blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot) is atypically full-bodied and powerful for the vintage. While it may not possess the complexity of the 1999, it offers copious quantities of black fruits, licorice, and coffee. The wine is dense and supple, with sweet tannin and a long finish. It should drink well for 12–15 years.


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

Smooth and valvety, with rich aromas and flavors of toast and cassis that glide elegantly across the palate. The tannins are soft and the acids seem low, making it attractive to drink now.


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

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it boasts both an impressive opaque purple color and bouquet of crème de cassis, roasted coffee, melted chocolate, toasty oak, licorice, and creosote. Full-bodied, thick, and rich, with brooding but well-integrated tannin under all the flesh and density, it will undoubtedly firm up (particularly in a cold cellar), and last for 15+ years.


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

A ripe, supple-textured wine, loaded with red currant, plum and wild berry flavors, deftly balanced, full-bodied from start to finish, and ending with a long, rich aftertaste. A blend of 53 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 29 percent Merlot, 17 percent Cabernet Franc and 1 percent Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2010.


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