Grapes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec. Region: California> Napa Valley> Oakville. Notes: 100% New French Oak, Volcanic, Clay, and Loam soil composition.
Description: Indeed, the promise of a great vintage early in the growing season delivers in tasting the 2012. While the 2012 has the material for aging many years as a classic vintage and will gain in complexity and depth, the vintage is already very pleasing now with its refined texture and will benefit from decanting.
Dark color with violet aspect at the center suggests concentrated freshness, while the nose immediately offers both floral (violet) and fruit (blackberries and cherries) notes. 2012 Rudd Oakville Estate Red presents a balanced texture of integrated acid with soft, fleshy tannins. Persistence and freshness are remarkable for the wine’s density and ripe aromatics. With aeration, cedar and dry rosemary aromatics become more evident, balanced by oral and fruit notes. A refined, fresh finish is accompanied by a suggestion of warm tobacco smoke and cocoa powder.