Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

Price: $175.00
Item No. 98289
  • RP94
  • ST93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • RP94
  • WE94
  • ST93
  • 2000
  • RP93
  • WS92
  • WE92
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red is the sixth vintage from our enchland vineyard at the corner of Oakville Crossroad and Silverado Trail. Fifty-five acres of some of the reddest, rockiest soil in the Napa Valley. Formed by a series of landslides off the Vaca Mountains, this western facing volcanic bench is the ideal site for red Bordeaux vines.

The 2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red covers the broadest spectrum of flavors to date, combining dark, blue fruits such as black currant and dark berry aromas, and cedar on the nose. The palate shows structure and acidity followed by layers of velvety tannins with chocolate and deep roasted coffee. It ably carries our tradition of producing wines with exceptional power, depth and clarity. While it certainly can be enjoyed now, this wine will gain even more complexity in 2-3 years of cellaring and will last for decades.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red turned out to be a final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. There are around 2,300+ cases of this wine, which has a deep ruby/purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some burning embers, spring flowers, cedar, and subtle wood. It is full-bodied and dense, with hints of espresso roast and chocolate in the mouth. Precise, pure, and rich, it is a beauty that I think will age for at least two or more decades."
94 Points

"Deep, bright ruby. Pure aromas of black fruits, violet, black licorice, loam and tobacco leaf. Vibrant but tightly wound, even a bit austere, showing much less sweetness than the 2004. Distinctly claret-like, juicy more than fleshy, with an element of fresh herbs. Will this put on weight in barrel prior to being bottled in July? Finishes with broad, granular tannins and subtle, slow-building length. Winemaker Thomas racked this wine less frequently than the 2004, which may explain why it's so primary today. 90-93"
93 Points

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Rudd winery was established in 1996, when Leslie Rudd purchased the 54-acre estate in Oakville. Since the purchase, Mr. Rudd has made extensive renovations to the property, to include a complete replanting of the vineyards to close-spaced, red Bordeaux varietals and the expansion and renovation of the winery, including custom-designed tanks and a gentle, gravity-flow system. In...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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