The 9th release from the Rudd Estate on the Eastern Oakville Bench is a blockbuster. This is one of the rare vintages when all aspects of weather, farming and soils worked harmoniously. This is a wine with plenty of charm and elegance and also has the structure to age gracefully for decades.
Blend: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petite Verdot, 9% Malbec
"The finest Rudd Estate Proprietary Red Rudd has yet made is the 2008. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot and 14% Malbec, it offers up aromas of blue and black fruits, charcoal, white chocolate and flowers. The soaring aromatics are followed by a wine with fabulous concentration, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, a brilliant texture, a fabulous personality and loads of complexity as well as full-bodied richness. This potentially legendary proprietary red already possesses remarkably sweet tannin. It will be drinkable early (because of its density, ripeness and velvety texture), but it should age effortlessly for 20-25 years. Bravo!"
The Wine Advocate
"This is pure, deep, rich and concentrated, with firm, spicy currant and creamy mocha-laced oak. Firms nicely on the finish, where the tannins are grainy and add traction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2028."