Rudd Oakville Estate Red 2006 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 95] [ST 91+]

Rudd Oakville Estate Red 2006
(Napa Valley, California) - [RP 95] [ST 91+]


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RP95 ST91+
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Notes from the Winemaker:
The 2006 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.
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 9% Cabernet Franc; 8 % Malbec; 3% Petit Verdot

Varietal Composition:: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 4% PetitVerdot, 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec

Ratings & Reviews


95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The brilliant 2006 Proprietary Red Oakville Estate is a 1,890-case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Its dense purple color is followed by a sweet nose of charcoal, scorched earth, blackberries, blueberries, cigar tobacco, and cedar. Full-bodied with a sumptuous mouthfeel as well as ripe, noble tannins, this gorgeous red can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more.

Readers will notice new, elegant labels reflecting proprietor Leslie Rudd's holy grail quest to make wines that compete with the finest in the tenderloin of Napa's Cabernet country, the Oakville Corridor. As I stated last year, Rudd has the superstars of viticulture and winemaking consulting, David Abreu and Michel Rolland respectively, working with the talented Bill Vyenielo, the viticultural manager who was formerly at Peter Michael, and new winemakers, Rebekah Wineburg and Pat Sullivan, the brother of Mike Sullivan who did such great things at Hartford Court. Their influence is especially noticeable with the final blends of the 2006 reds and the making of the 2007s. One of Napa Valley's most distinctive, singular offerings is The Edge Hill Mixed Blacks. Made from a 5-acre parcel of extremely old vines in St. Helena, next to the Hayne Vineyard, this field blend was probably planted by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s, with the core component representing nearly 50% Zinfandel, and the rest an assemblage of Grenache, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, and Carignane." - Robert Parker (12/2008)

91+ Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Good full medium ruby. Superripe but not stewy on the nose, offering a complex range of black fruits, bitter chocolate, cedar, graphite, tar, dill and black pepper. Suave and sweet, with impressive mid-palate volume and an intriguing graphite minerality to complicate the crushed black raspberry flavor. Here the 8% malbec component takes the place of merlot to add aromatics, notes Sullivan. Finishes with huge tannins that appear to be supported by the wine's strong material. This will need time." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June 2009)