The much anticipated 2012 was a return not only to classic ripeness and quality, but also to a generous vintage in terms of quantity. Blending was a joy, with many excellent lots to choose from to craft our final wine. The 2012 was a vintage that merited extensive use of barrel fermentation—better integrating tannin structure and wood notes, and gently extracting color and flavor throughout the fermentation process.
Dark color with violet aspect at the center suggests concentrated freshness, while the nose immediately offers both floral (violet) and fruit (blackberries and cherries) notes. The 2012 Rudd Oakville Estate Red presents a balanced texture of integrated acid with soft, fleshy tannins. Persistence and freshness are remarkable for the wine’s density and ripe aromatics. With aeration, cedar and dry rosemary aromatics become more evident, balanced by floral and fruit notes. A refined, fresh finish is accompanied by a suggestion of warm tobacco smoke and cocoa powder.
Indeed, the promise of a great vintage early in the growing season delivers in tasting the 2012. While the 2012 has the material for aging many years as a classic vintage and will gain in complexity and depth, the vintage is already very pleasing now with its refined texture and will benefit from decanting.
“ The 2012 Rudd Oakville Estate Red is dark, rich and sumptuous. A host of exotic cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and licorice all meld together in an effortless, radiant wine that captures the personality of the western edge of Oakville. The Cabernet Franc is particularly expressive in 2012. Drink this sumptuous Oakville red over the next decade. In 2012 the blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot.” – Antonio Galloni, VinousMedia, October 2015
"The 2012 Oakville Estate reveals lovely notes of crème de cassis, spring flowers, forest floor, dusty, loamy soil undertones, and a touch of licorice, medium to full body, moderate tannins and beautiful concentration. This should turn out to be a brilliant effort from Leslie Rudd...” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2014
- Oakville, 100% Estate Grown
- Soil Type
- Volcanic Stony Clay Loam with Soil Series Perkins and Cortina
- 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec
- 100% New French Oak
- Harvest Dates
- October 3rd– October 21st