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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The weather during harvest was dry and generally moderate except for two brief heat spikes, allowing for more than sufficient hang time resulting in highly concentrated fruit.
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petite Verdot
"Leslie Rudd's beautiful, fully mature 2001 Rudd Estate Proprietary Red (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot) boasts a dense plum/purple hue as well as a sweet bouquet of chocolate, creme de cassis, truffles, damp earth and wood smoke. Opulent and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins and low acidity, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 15+ years."
The Wine Advocate
"Good deep medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, minerals and spice cake; showing more lift today than the 2001 cabernet. Sweet but firm flavors of blackberry, cassis, tar, minerals and menthol. Quite youthfully backward, with more depth than the cabernet sauvignon bottling. The supple, fine tannins reach the teeth. The higher percentage of new oak (85%, vs. 50% for the cabernet) dusts the finish with exotic spices. 'The 2001 cabernet really jumps out of the glass today,' notes Thomas, 'but the tannins of this estate blend are ultimately finer.'Cellar Selection"
International Wine Cellar
"Supple, with complex currant, anise, mineral, herb and sage flavors that are well-defined, adding hints of espresso and fresh earth. The tannins are ripe and fine-grained and the finish reveals extra dimensions of depth and complexity."
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...Read More About Rudd
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