2005 Rudd - Oakville Estate Red 750ml

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WA 94   WS 89-91   IWC 90(+?)?   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2005 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red turned out to be a final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. There are around 2,300+ cases of this wine, which has a deep ruby/purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some burning embers, spring flowers, cedar, and subtle wood. It is full-bodied and dense, with hints of espresso roast and chocolate in the mouth. Precise, pure, and rich, it is a beauty that I think will age for at least two or more decades.

Drink Dates: 2007-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89-91

This wine features a complex mix of ripe currant, black cherry and plum fruit with a spicy cedar and smoky oak overlay. Ends with crisp acidity and tannins.

Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)?

($125; a Bordeaux blend based on 77% cabernet sauvignon) Bright, deep ruby. Cabernet-dominated aromas of cassis, graphite, bitter chocolate and violet. Tight and closed in the mouth, with a distinctly firm edge and some streaky acidity currently dominating the dark berry and mineral flavors. Will this show more breadth with bottle age? Finishes with major, drying tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/04/2014

Rating: 94
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 08/20/2013
Drink Dates: 2007-2027
The 2005 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red turned out to be a final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. There are around 2,300+ cases of this wine, which has a deep ruby/purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some burning embers, spring flowers, cedar, and subtle wood. It is full-bodied and dense, with hints of espresso roast and chocolate in the mouth. Precise, pure, and rich, it is a beauty that I think will age for at least two or more decades. A totally new viticultural and wine-making team is in place at Rudd, including viticultural manager, Bill Vyenielo, as well as superstars David Abreu and Michel Rolland. The new winemaker in addition to Rebekah Wineburg is Pat Sullivan. I think all of this reflects the meticulous perfectionism of proprietor Leslie Rudd, who wants to push this winery, with its fabulous source of vineyards (including the home estate right across the street from Screaming Eagle and down the slope from Dalla Valle), into the superstar stratum of Napa.

Rating: 94
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Rating: 94
Author: Leftymtb
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/14/2015

Rating: 90
Author: tommy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/12/2013

Average rating: 91, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

705 bottles owned by 190 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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