Rudd  Estate Red  2003

Wine Enthusiast 92
Wine Advocate 91
Category Reds
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Region United States , California , Oakville
Producer Rudd
On Sale $79.99
Rudd Tasting Notes  
This wine has concentrated, fruit-forward aromatics with a deep, rich mid-palate and a well-integrated finish. After 16 to 25 days on the skins, the wine went into barrel for twenty months. It was fined in-barrel with fresh egg whites and bottled unfiltered in June 2005. The Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine came from the highly regarded Bordeaux clone #337 and two intensely-flavored, historic California clones, #4 and #15. The Cabernet Franc is clone #1, the Merlot is clone #181, the Petit Verdot is clone #400, and the Malbec is from clones #9 and #595. All of these low-yielding clones were planted because they consistently give high quality and are very effective at expressing our Oakville terroir.
Wine Advocate  
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown (76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, firm tannin, and an enticing nose of black currants, espresso roast, charcoal, and cedar wood. Although closed, it is dense, promising, and ageworthy, with an upside potential of 12-15 years. 91 points
Wine Enthusiast  
Made in a very ripe, almost in-your-face style, with flamboyant blackberry pie and cassis flavors veering into rum-soaked raisins and prunes. Defines size and power rather than elegance; a brawny, slightly hot wine that nonetheless is compellingly good to drink. 92 points

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