The 2000 Rudd Oakville Estate Red is the inaugural vintage from our vineyards that were replanted in 1996 to Bordeaux varietals. The 2000 growing season was ideal with mild summer temperatures allowing for extended hang time that produced mature tannins in all three varietals.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petite Verdot
"The opaque purple-colored 2000 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1,200 cases) reveals a gorgeous perfume of melted licorice, lead pencil shavings, black currants, white flowers, and truffles. Spicy and rich, with low acidity as well as a surprisingly sexy, deep mid-palate, it is one of the finest efforts of this difficult vintage."
The Wine Advocate
"An intense and deeply flavorful wine with a broad range of flavors that take in coffee, currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit and turns supple and polished, finishing with a long, rich aftertaste brimming with flavors."
"A notable success for the vintage, Rudd's Estate offering does display slightly herbal characteristics, but amply compensates for that with plenty of lush, rich fruit. Oak-imparted toast and supple tannins frame ripe berry flavors that extend through the finish."
"Saturated medium ruby. Aromas of currant, black cherry, smoked meat, truffle and loam. Lush and sweet, with a very suave texture and complex flavors of graphite, truffle and game. Dense, fat and ripe; a very successful cabernet-based wine from the 2000 vintage. The fine tannins arrive late, allowing the flavors to linger. The first vintage for the estate's flagship wine."
International Wine Cellar