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Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2004

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
  • WE 94
  • RP 94
  • ST 93
  • WS 91
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Winemaker Notes

The 2004 growing season was warm in the beginning and warm at the end, punctuated by cooler-than-normal nights, and even an uncharacteristic June hailstorm. Challenging, yes, but the reward was an outstanding vintage layered with intensity and depth.

Critical Acclaim

WE 94
Wine Enthusiast

Very young and tannic, and crisp with acids as well as heavily oaked. Rich, sweet core of black cherry, mocha and cassis fruit. Thick, huge, should age very well.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points

RP 94
The Wine Advocate

The 2004 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (a 2,500-case blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc) was aged 20 months in French wood. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color followed by scents of licorice, black currants, underbrush, charcoal, and spice characteristics. With terrific fruit as well as an opulent texture, it should drink well for 12-15 years.

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ST 93
International Wine Cellar

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.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

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.

Rudd, Napa Valley, California
Rudd winery was established in 1996, when Leslie Rudd purchased the 54-acre estate in Oakville. Since the purchase, Mr. Rudd has made extensive renovations to the property, to include a complete replanting of the vineyards to close-spaced, red Bordeaux varietals and the expansion and renovation of the winery, including custom-designed tanks and a gentle, gravity-flow system. In addition, 22,000 square feet of caves have been dug below the winery to provide ideal aging conditions. In... View More