“Thanks, Mom.” After drinking the 2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Red, those are the two words best describe my feelings about this wine. It had been a while since I had such a memorable red from Napa Valley, so I owe a debt of gratitude to my Napa Valley-loving mother, who was nice enough to let me open it. I’d say something like “It restored my faith in Napa Valley,” but that would imply that I had lost it or it was holding on by a thread. Not so! Though I understand if you find I have a tendency towards a rosé–centric world (wine) view. So it’s nice to shift gears. But I will say the Rudd has what I look for in a wine: balance. This was no stereotypical oaky, tannic Napa wine. It was silky smooth and gorgeous. I’d be curious to see where this wine is going to be in another 5 years. Luckily my Mom has a couple more bottles in her wine fridge. (Hopefully I can put my name on one of them. To share with her, of course. Thanks in advance, Mom?)
The 2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Red is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, and 4% Malbec. Don’t bug my Mom for a bottle. Or at least be prepared to buy pizza for us.