2004 Rudd - Oakville Estate Red 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

A sensational proprietary red wine blend from Leslie Rudd, this 2004 is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc from a top-notch vineyard on the Oakville Crossroads sandwiched between Screaming Eagle and Plumpjack. Flawlessly assembled with not a hard edge to be found, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color, copious notes of graphite and black fruits, sweet tannin, a voluptuous, opulent texture, and terrific purity as well as freshness. This gorgeous, multi-dimensional, full-bodied 2004 is drinkable now, yet has the stuffing and length to last for 15-20 more years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

(83% cabernet sauvignon, 8% each petit verdot and merlot, and 1% cabernet franc) Full ruby-red. Much more aromatic nose than the Crossroads bottling: cassis, cedar, graphite, minerals and sexy oak, all lifted by a violety high note. Quite ripe, supple and sweet but fresher and more classic than the Crossroads, with enticing flavors of black fruits, minerals, violet, dark chocolate and licorice. Finishes with substantial but sweet tannins that are downright lush for 2005. A lovely example of this vintage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

A dense, rich, loamy style, with deep, concentrated currant, anise, sage and herb flavors that are focused and distinctive, fleshing out on the finish, where the flavors are persistent. 2,497 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Rating: 96
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/02/2011

Rating: 95
Author: richie g
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/20/2013

Rating: 95
Author: Hal
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/04/2014

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1106 bottles owned by 239 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

See other similar producers: Sloan Estate, Culler Wines, Broman Cellars

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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