The Crossroads Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from the benchland vineyards of the Rudd estate in Oakville, the same vineyards that produce the Rudd Oakville Estate Red Wine. The entire 55-acre vineyard is planted in very rocky, red volcanic soils using low-vigor rootstock and high-density, 4' x 4' vine spacing.
The wine resulting from such an extraordinary harvest has classic cassis and chocolaty red and black fruit aromas with a lush mid-palate and a supple, elegant finish. After four weeks on the skins, the wine went into barrel for twenty months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered in July 2007.
Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot & 4% Malbec
"Bright ruby-red. Slightly liqueur-like aromas of blueberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, tobacco and menthol. Quite primary on the palate, with crushed blueberry and menthol flavors currently cut off by big, chewy, building tannins. This is the estate's second wine, but winemaker Sullivan notes that Rudd still bulks out a lot of additional wine."
International Wine Cellar