The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown (2,150 cases of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc) is spectacular. An inky/purple color is accompanied by aromas of espresso roast, melted fudge, blackberries, currants, and smoke. Rich, with great intensity, tremendous purity, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and good underlying tannin as well as freshness, it should drink well for 12-15 years. (RP)
Classic Oakville, detailed and refined, powerful in fruit and tannins; assertive and authoritative, yet manages to be graceful and elegant. A fulfilling wine, balanced and harmonious. Clearly has the stuffing to enjoy a ripe old age. *Cellar Selection*
Estate Grown. Concentrated cassis-like fruit is the driving force of this big, brash, lavishly oaked and impressively filled offering, and neither tannin nor heat nor youthful coarseness diminishes its singular control. The wine is dense and downright chewy in texture, and it is framed by plenty of pushy tannin, but its ripe and keenly focused Cabernet fruit comes with high expectations despite its toughness. You can count on some six to ten years of positive growth. **Two Stars**
Good full ruby. Superripe aromas of blackcurrant syrup, chocolate, tar and fruit cake. Dense, tarry and sweet, with cassis, licorice and fruit cake flavors. The building tannins are substantial and broad but not at all dry. Already delicious, but has the spine to develop in bottle for a decade or more. Rudd's 2001s were vinified by David Ramey but finished by Charles Thomas, who assumed winemaking responsibilities here in the spring of 2002. (ST)
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