From the vineyards, we’re honored to share the much anticipated 2010 vintage that encompasses a striking combination of finesse and strength in wine. The backbone of strong tannins that round out over time and give longevity to wine, combined with a broad range and subtlety of flavor, make this vintage a beautiful example of the evolution of the wines from our estate. Each day we learn more about how our red, rocky volcanic soil perfectly complements our micro-climate and Bordeaux varietals planted in the heart of Oakville.
After three dry years, 2010 began cool and wet, delaying bud break and flowering. We observed a two-week delay in the growing season at our Oakville Estate. Anticipating a cooler growing season, great care was taken with the use of vineyard cover-crops and strategic canopy maintenance with extensive leafing and shoot pulling that allowed airflow through the canopy to reduce the 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.
“More serious, substantial and complex is the 2010 Oakville Estate, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petite Verdot and Malbec. This 1,000+-blend was aged in 100% new oak. It exhibits attractive notes of spring flowers, forest floor, licorice, black currants and graphite as well as medium to full-bodied, seriously endowed, beautifully pure and textured fruit notes offered in this stylish, classy, noble wine. It can be enjoyed for two decades. Drink: 2013-2033.” – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #209, October 2013
“The 2010 Rudd Oakville Estate Red marks a major departure from the 2008 and 2009. Gorgeous inner perfume, finessed tannins and fabulous overall balance, all the product of a late harvest, are the signatures of this super-silky, layered wine. The 2010 exudes intensity and sheer class. There is a purity to the fruit and a finesse to the tannin that is not found in either the 2008 or the 2009. Few spots in Napa Valley are as privileged as this one. It will be fascinating to see what develops here over the coming years. The 2010 is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and 8% Petite Verdot. Drink: 2015-2025.” – Antonio Galloni, VinousMedia, November 2013
- Oakville, 100% Estate Grown
- Soil Type
- Volcanic Stony Clay Loam with Soil Series Perkins and Cortina
- 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petite Verdot, 7% Malbec
- 26 months in 100% New French Oak
- Harvest Dates
- September 23rd– October 13th