From the winery: "In 2011 our Tierra Roja Vineyard in Oakville and our Panek Vineyard in St Helena combined to produce an expansive yet sophisticated blend that is unmistakably Rudius. This is the only Cabernet we produced from the 2011 vintage, and is a best barrel selection from our two favorite vineyards. Everything you loved about our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet can be found in this wine with a few extra surprises. The aromatics have a similar character to our Cabernets from earlier years with dark blackberry and warm baking spice notes, but you will also find subtle undertones of graphite and slate pulling for your attention here. On the palate, the ripe dark cherry notes of the Oakville hillside and the bright blueberry flavors inherent to Panek are carried by bright, fresh acidity. This, along with the seamless, gentle tannins, carry the wines to a long finish, lifted by sweet notes of lavender and a hint of violet. We can certainly recommend drinking this wine now as we haven't been able to keep our hands off it since bottling, but as with any of our wines, cellar time is its friend. In fact, this wine might be the most deserving of cellar time of any Cabernet we have produced since 2007."
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