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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 98289
The 2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red is the sixth vintage from our enchland vineyard at the corner of Oakville Crossroad and Silverado Trail. Fifty-five acres of some of the reddest, rockiest soil in the Napa Valley. Formed by a series of landslides off the Vaca Mountains, this western facing volcanic bench is the ideal site for red Bordeaux vines.
The 2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red covers the broadest spectrum of flavors to date, combining dark, blue fruits such as black currant and dark berry aromas, and cedar on the nose. The palate shows structure and acidity followed by layers of velvety tannins with chocolate and deep roasted coffee. It ably carries our tradition of producing wines with exceptional power, depth and clarity. While it certainly can be enjoyed now, this wine will gain even more complexity in 2-3 years of cellaring and will last for decades.
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.
Deep, bright ruby. Pure aromas of black fruits, violet, black licorice, loam and tobacco leaf. Vibrant but tightly wound, even a bit austere, showing much less sweetness than the 2004. Distinctly claret-like, juicy more than fleshy, with an element of fresh herbs. Will this put on weight in barrel prior to being bottled in July? Finishes with broad, granular tannins and subtle, slow-building length. Winemaker Thomas racked this wine less frequently than the 2004, which may explain why it's so primary today. 90-93