Although an infant, the 2011 Proprietary Red Rudd Estate has many of the same qualities of the 2010. Grilled herbs, blackberries and tar are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The tannins are those of the vintage, as is the wine's mid-weight personality, but at the end of the day, this is a great site and the resulting wine is striking in its beauty. Exactly how striking exactly it will be should be much clearer in another year or two. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)
Graphite, pencil shavings, cassis, leather, cedar and grilled herbs are all super-expressive in the 2011 Rudd Oakville Estate Red. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc gives the 2011 gorgeous aromatic lift and considerable finesse. Naturally, this is a more slender wine than usual, but the 2011 emphasizes balance over pure power, and it works. Beautifully so. In light of the raw potential of both vintages, the 2011 is a more successful wine than the 2010. (AG) 92+
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