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Rudd - Oakville Estate Red 2003 (750ml)



 
Varietal: Proprietary Blend  |   Country: United States  |   Size: 750ml
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Wine Enthusiast
Score: 92

Made in a very ripe, almost in-your-face style, with flamboyant blackberry pie and cassis flavors veering into rum-soaked raisins and prunes. Defines size and power rather than elegance; a brawny, slightly hot wine that nonetheless is compellingly good to drink.

Wine Advocate
Range: 95+

This wine’s reddish/brown label is the color of the rustic, volcanic, rocky soils found in this part of the Oakville Corridor. Composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec (14.9% alcohol), it boasts an opaque purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of charcoal, scorched earth (reminiscent of Haut Brion), and intense black and blue fruits. Rich, opulent and full-bodied, this 2003 is performing even better than it did early on. Stunningly profound with some tannin still to shed, it remains somewhat tight and reserved, but the wine is bursting with enormous potential. Forget it for another 3-5 years and drink it over the following two decades.

Rudd Review

This wine has concentrated, fruit-forward aromatics with a deep, rich mid-palate and a well-integrated finish. After 16 to 25 days on the skins, the wine went into barrel for twenty months. It was fined in-barrel with fresh egg whites and bottled unfiltered in June 2005. The Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine came from the highly regarded Bordeaux clone #337 and two intensely-flavored, historic California clones, #4 and #15. The Cabernet Franc is clone #1, the Merlot is clone #181, the Petit Verdot is clone #400, and the Malbec is from clones #9 and #595. All of these low-yielding clones were planted because they consistently give high quality and are very effective at expressing our Oakville terroir.

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