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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2005
Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2005
(search item no. 98289)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $115.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

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.

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About Rudd:

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 addition, 22,000 square feet of caves have been dug below the winery to provide ideal aging conditions. In April 2002, Charles Thomas joined the Rudd team as Director of Vineyards and Winemaking. Charles brings to Rudd over 25 years of winemaking and vineyard experience. Along with the proprietary red wine from Oakville, Rudd will continue to produce small quantities of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley.