Rudd Estate Wines Oakville
Leslie Rudd purchased the 22 ha (55 acres) that comprise his estate property in the heart of Oakville in 1996. His prestigious near-neighbours include SCREAMING EAGLE, HARLAN, and SILVER OAK. The high-density vineyards are planted in rocky soils on the eastern side of the Oakville benchland, almost into the foothills of the Vaca Mountains. In order to assist wine quality both during vinification and ageing, cellars with both temperature and humidity controls have been dug underneath the winery. The Sauvignon Blanc, barrel-fermented with natural yeasts, sees a proportion of new wood. It is marked by a fresh, citrus, grassy mineral character. It will develop well in the short term. The Cabernet has a small proportion of Merlot and Malbec blended in and is tight, lean and structured in its youth but with real depth and intensity. The Estate Red is fuller and richer by contrast with dollops of oak and ripe, spicy dark fruit, yet it also has a really fine, firmly structured core that suggests great complexity with 6 or 7 years’ age. (DM)
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