2006 Rudius - Grenache 750ml

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IWC 92   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($35) Good dark red. Knockout perfumed nose combines raspberry, smoked meat, pepper and olive tapenade-like a blend of Chateauneuf du Pape and Bandol. Then juicy and intense in the mouth, with lovely energy and thrust to the flavors of raspberry, pepper and spice. Sexy, penetrating wine, finishing with firm tannic spine and excellent length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: BoxsterVino
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/21/2013

Rating: 93
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/04/2010
Needs time...unlike any other Cali Grenache I've had...nice smokey funk...really came together on night 2.

Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

275 bottles owned by 108 collectors.

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About This Producer


Rudius is the ancient Roman word for a wooden sword that was used by soldiers and gladiators during their training. Traditionally, a rudius was given to gladiators when they had won their freedom from the arena. Winemaker Jeff Ames views his own project as freedom to pursue his style of winemaking, after working on other labels over the past years. Ames focuses on Grenache and Syrah from Russian River. Production is under 200 cases each.

See other similar producers: Terry Hoage, Spencer Roloson, Broc Cellars

Wine Varietal: Grenache


One of the most widely planted varieties in the world, Grenache is most well known as the base variety in wines from the Southern Rhone, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes-du-Rhone, and Gigondas. Grenache thrives in hot, arid climates all over the world particularly in the Mediterranean and Australia. Its origin is believed to be the Roussillon region of southern France (formerly Spain - where it is grown today and is known as Garnacha). Grenache is used in blends to round out Rhone-style reds to soften harsher varieties such as Syrah and Carignan. It is also used for rose wines. Typical descriptors for Grenache include raspberries, strawberries. black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, and herbes de Provence.

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