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
“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
- Harvest Dates
- October 6th – October 20th
- 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Malbec
- 100% Native Yeast
- 88% new French Oak