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2012 Rudd - Oakville Estate Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 74621-2012-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Deftly balanced, broad, rich, deep and concentrated, with a core of extracted earthy blackberry, wild berry, plum and licorice flavors. Shows impressive focus on the long and unwavering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2030. 1,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2012 Oakville Estate reveals lovely notes of creme de cassis, spring flowers, forest floor, dusty, loamy soil undertones, and a touch of licorice, medium to full body, moderate tannins and beautiful concentration. This should turn out to be a brilliant effort from Leslie Rudd, but it requires 4-5 years of cellaring. It should keep for 20-25 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • Leslie Rudd, manager of Standard Beverage Corporation and Chairman of Dean & DeLuca, turned his attention to making his mark in the wine industry in 1996. He purchased a 55-acre estate in Oakville and put his substantial resources behind replanting the site, raising the bar of quality at every turn. Joining Rudd in this endeavor are Charles Thomas, former winemaker at Mondovi and Cardinale, and Terry Mathison, who has been hailed for his innovative viticultural practices. Fewer than 6000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet-based blend, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are produced at this estate.

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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 84 bottles owned
    • 17 collectors