• A cool late spring that delayed bud break and flowering was followed by a fairly warm summer. Due to light flower set, the crop was significantly reduced. Extra diligence was taken in the vineyard to adapt to the unusual growing season, including leaving cover crops later into the season to pull moisture from the soil, leafing to allow more air circulation, along with selecting only the best lots for the final blend enabled the 2011 Samantha’s Cabernet Sauvignon to be a generous wine, still respecting the character of the site.

    A beautifully youthful wine at tasting, the nose gradually reveals a classic Cabernet Sauvignon character with expressive aromatics showcasing cassis bud, dry rose petal and dark fruit. The entry is generous, with rich and voluptuous tannins, fluid texture, and harmonized with moderate acidy to reveal a fresh finish. A well balanced and complex structure combined with focused yet expressive aromatics will permit this wine to age for 12+ years. Decanting is suggested.

    REVIEWS

    “Rudd's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Samantha's is gorgeous. Fine, silky tannins support a core of expressive dark red berries, flowers, mint and sweet spices, all of which meld together in an attractive, mid-weight Cabernet with tons of near term appeal. Sweet floral and spiced notes reappear on the finish, adding perfume and class. The 2011 is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. Drink now through 2021.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinousmedia.com, November 2013

    Appellation
    Oakville
    Harvest Dates
    September 30th – October 11th
    Blend
    79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
    Fermentation
    100% Native Yeast
    Aging
    20 months in 94% new French Oak
    Production
    740 Cases
  • After three dry years, 2010 began cool and wet, delaying budbreak and flowering. We observed a two-week delay in the growing season at our Oakville Estate. Anticipating a cooler growing season, the use of vineyard cover-crops, strategic canopy maintenance with extensive leafing and shoot pulling allowed airflow though the canopy to reduce risk of mildew. By significantly reducing crop levels, we maintained vine balance to assure even ripening for harvest. A surprise heat spike early into veraison accelerated phenolic maturation producing fruit with exceptional color and rich, supple tannins. The cooler season allowed the fruit to maintain acidity and held brix down, producing fresh wine with aromatic purity and finesse.

    “A classically beautiful Oakville Cabernet, this wine has an intense opaque and violet color with tinges of ruby on its edge. Fresh aromas of black cherry, Crème de Violette, and rosewater bring thoughts of fruit followed by intense roasted spices and dark chocolate with hints of truffle. The palate is rich yet balanced with layers of texture, silk-like tannins and a long finish, with licorice and vanilla spice adding complexity to this powerful wine. The 2010 Samantha's will continue to improve for 8 to 10 years,” - Drew Hendricks, MS

    REVIEWS

    “The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Samantha's is all about structure, power and tension. A big, rich wine, the 2010 is endowed with serious depth and the formidable structure of the vintage. Blueberries, black currants, graphite, licorice and tar burst from the glass as the 2010 shows off its hugely appealing personality. Today, the 2010 is incredibly tense and tight, but all it needs is time for the Oakville pedigree to shine at its brightest. The Rudd team has done a great job in refocusing the estate's wines. The Samantha's appears to be the last piece in the puzzle. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.” - Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #204, Dec 2012

    Appellation
    Oakville
    Harvest Dates
    October 6th – October 20th
    Blend
    91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Malbec
    Fermentation
    100% Native Yeast
    Aging
    19 months in 88% new French Oak
    Production
    736 Cases
  • The 2009 vintage broke a three year drought and the heavy winter rains replenished the water tables of the North Bay winegrowing region. The sunny but cool days during summer were ideal for ripening the fruit slowly. This allowed the grapes to maintain their natural acidity which results in bright aromas and a balanced structure.

    REVIEWS

    “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Samantha’s is a ripe, plush wine bursting with dark blackberries, spices, licorice and new leather. The aromas and flavors build effortlessly to a round, explosive finish imbued with the essence of graphite, flowers, cassis, minerals and crushed rocks. This is an especially ripe, flashy wine loaded with depth and pure energy. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.’’ -Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #198, Dec 2011, 93 Pts

    “Another exciting Rudd, this is plush, rich and extracted, featuring a dense mix of dark berry, black licorice, currant and tobacco-cigar box touches, firming before ending with fine-grained tannins. Best from 2013 through 2028.” -James Laube, Wine Spectator, Aug 2012, 93 Pts

    Appellation
    Oakville
    Harvest Dates
    October 2nd – October 10th
    Blend
    95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5%Cabernet Franc
    Fermentation
    100% Native Yeast
    Aging
    20 months in 88% new French Oak
    Production
    670 Cases
  • The 2008 represents the debut vintage of the Samantha's Cabernet Sauvignon, which is our homage to the varietal that has made Napa Valley famous. The 2008 vintage was long and dry throughout the North Bay winegrowing region. Our Oakville Estate was lucky to escape the near record frosts that impacted Napa, and was only minimally affected by the cold dry spring. While our crop was drastically down in quantity, it was up in quality. We averaged only 1.75 tons an acre, and produced our finest wine to date in this difficult vintage.

    REVIEWS

    "The 2008 Samantha’s is a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with 14% Cabernet Franc and small quantities of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Normally 600-800 cases are produced from their estate. Its dense purple color is followed by abundant aromas of creme de cassis, sweet licorice, charcoal and earth. This supple, dense 2008 should drink nicely for 10-15 years." -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #192, Dec 2010, 92 Pts

    Appellation
    Oakville
    Harvest Dates
    September 17th – October 14th
    Blend
    90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
    Fermentation
    100% Native Yeast
    Aging
    23 months in French Oak
    Production
    690 Cases
Bottled un-fined and unfiltered, natural sediment may result over time.