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2011 RUDD Oakville Estate RED Napa Valley


Size: 750

Vintage expression is one of the most interesting elements in appreciating distinctive wine. It allows each vintage to speak honorably about both challenges and victories. At times the vigneron is required to sacrice quantity in the pursuit of perfection. Rain during owering in 2011 initiated the season with a reduced fruit set. is was followed by below average summer temperatures -making individual vine management paramount to our success. Techniques included opening vine canopies to ensure more sunlight encouraged ripening and a signicant amount of fruit thinning mid-season to ensure quality and concentration in our fruit. Harvest started uncharacteristically late, and a cool and damp late fall proved the importance of our excellent drainage due to our volcanic soil

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The 2011 Rudd Oakville Estate Red celebrates 15 years of farming our red, rocky volcanic soils. The 2011 has a medium dark-ruby color and brilliant clarity. The aromatic characteristics of this vintage are remarkably rich and intense with floral aspects of cabernet expression layered over dry rosemary, charred peppercorn, black olive and bramble aromatics with a hint of nutmeg spice. As testament to the estate’s outstanding and well-drained terroir, the palate has outstanding weight, coupled with elements of violets. The finish offers lingering viscosity and beautiful integration of texture and tannin with brooding notes of rich black fruit, anise, and mocha. Ripe, rich tannins round out the evolution that is equally sustained with fresh acidity. The finishing aromatics offer more dark fruit including black cherry and chocolate notes.

  • Model: 1SO9
  • Size: 750



Graphite, pencil shavings, cassis, leather, cedar and grilled herbs are all super-expressive... The high percentage of Cabernet Franc gives the 2011 gorgeous aromatic lift and considerable finesse.



Grilled herbs, blackberries and tar are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. ...striking in its beauty.

Professional Reviewer
Robert Parker's 'The Wine Advocate'
Stephen Tanzer's 'International Wine Cellar'
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator Magazine
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Allen Meadows 'Burghound' -
Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine -
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits Magazine
Antonio Galloni 'VINOUS' -
Jancis Robinson - Jancis



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