The 2009 vintage celebrates 10 years of producing the Rudd Estate Red from our vineyards in Oakville. A mild Spring and early bud break, along with several inches of rain in May recharged the vineyards, allowing the plants to develop full canopies. A classic California summer ensued with a pattern of several hot days followed by several cool days with foggy mornings. Ideal fall weather gave us long warm days that allowed for an even, slow ripening of our different varietals. Because of this, we were able to pick these varietals together and co-ferment upon harvest. The Cabernet Sauvignon was co-fermented with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We could not be more pleased with the result of this co-fermentation and the unique lot that is more than the sum of its parts.
Appellation Oakville, 100% Estate Grown
Soil Type Volcanic Stony Clay Loam with Soil Series Perkins and Cortina
Blend 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot
Cooperage 98% new French Oak
Harvest Dates September 23rd– October 12th