Rudd Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
With a winter storm warning and heavy snow falling for the last six hours, Linda grilled some beef steaks served with baked potatoes and mixed vegetables. I pulled from the cellar a robust Napa Cabernet for the occasion seeking a suitable accompaniment to the grilled steak. This proved to be a perfect selection.
Founder Leslie Rudd began his wine career working in his father’s alcoholic beverage wholesale distribution business in Wichita, Kansas. Over time he grew Standard Beverage Corporation to be the state’s largest alcoholic beverage wholesaler.
Leslie expanded into the specialty foods business launching and investing in several national restaurants and eventually acquiring iconic Dean & DeLuca, which he owned until 2014. In 2007 he acquired the legendary Oakville Grocery in Oakville, Napa Valley, which he renovated in 2012.
Rudd purchased the Oakville Napa Valley winery in 1996 and immediately set upon enhancing and expanding the caves and winery facilities opening in 1999.
Leslie Rudd passed in 2018, after handing control of his estate to his daughter Samantha.
This 2001 Rudd Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon was the inaugural vintage of this label, vinified by David Ramey but finished by Charles Thomas, who assumed winemaking responsibilities there in the spring of 2002.
This is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, (2,150 cases were produced.)
It was awarded 95 points
by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 points
by Wine Enthusiast, 93 points by
Connoisseurs Guide and
by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.
Dark garnet inky purple colored, medium-full bodied - concentrated expressive bright vibrant firm yet elegant and nicely balanced, structured blackberry and black currant fruits are accented by floral aromatics with notes of cola, sweet mocha and oak with hints of cassis and graphite on a sweet fruit filled lingering silky tannin laced finish.
RM 93 points.