Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
The 2018 Rudd Oakville Estate Red has a stunning magenta and youthful purple hue. The wine's fragrance is perfumed, poised, and elegant. The more traditional black cherry and cassis fruit that one finds in this wine are complemented by intriguing green olive, cigar leaf, and violet floral components that we find throughout our 2018 vintage wines.
Upon the first sip, the bright and luscious black cherry and plum notes consume the palate. Threaded through those fruit components are an inviting combination of cocoa nib and dried rosemary, elevating the wine's complexity and power as the wine builds. While the tannins are persistent and firm, the slate-like texture of this wine offers a smooth and elegant finish. While showing well at the time of release, this wine has plenty of time to develop and age gracefully over the next 15-20 years.
Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon - 6% Cabernet Franc
A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red Wine was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 55% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with flamboyant scents of candied violets, red roses, black raspberries and fragrant earth over a core of cassis, wild blueberries and Morello cherries with a waft of pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in poise, featuring beautifully balanced velvety tannins and seamless freshness framing the opulent black and red berry layers, finishing very long and perfumed. 670 cases were made.