Bright and expressive, Rudd’s Oakville Estate (77% Cabernet) beams with aromas of crushed blackcurrants and blueberries, fresh herbs, and gravel, with a lovely, cocoa-laden finish. This is a Cabernet of poise and restraint that Jeb Dunnuck described as “unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage,” one that will mature for decades in your cool cellar. Bravo!
There are two reds wines from the estate, the proprietary red wine, which is a Bordeaux blend, and Samantha’s Cabernet Sauvignon. The Rudd Estate Proprietary Red starts off life relatively slowly, and that probably works against it, but the color of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 is an inky purple. The wines display notes of scorched earth, blackberry and cassis, the with 2013 and 2014 both showing more up-front forwardness and a more approachable style, but they are still dramatic, flamboyant and full-bodied. The epic 2013 is not ready for drinking for at least another 4-5 years, but the 2014 can be approached already. Both wines are full-bodied, classic Oakville corridor wines, but made with almost a Bordeaux inspiration, but without sacrificing the extraordinarily rich, concentrated fruit of Napa. The 2013 is a 35-year wine and the 2014 probably a 25- to 30- year wine. The 2013 is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Malbec and Petit Verdot. The 2014 has 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Malbec and Petit Verdot.
The 2014 Oakville Estate Red is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Precise and delineated, the 2014 captures the energetic, mid-weight style of the year while retaining plenty of intensity. Slightly earlier bottling is one of the few choices that has resulted in an unusually polished wine from this estate. Even so, there is plenty of raciness and richness. This is a strong showing from Rudd.
A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, there's 928 cases of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. Blackcurrants, unsmoked tobacco, graphite, and damp earth all flow from this ethereally textured, seamless, gorgeous wine that has no hard edges, excellent acidity and a great finish. It’s slightly more elegant and polished than the more powerful 2015 and will shine for 20-25 years.