2002 Rudd "Oakville Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
***Cellar Selection*** Wow, what a fantastic wine. Bursts open with scads of fine French oak, cedar and char, with a rôti quality riding high over the cherries, cassis and white chocolate. So good, it's scary. Rich, long, powerful in cassis and cherry fruit, yet wonderfully firm and tannic, this wine is fabulous now, but will easily improve through 2015 and possibly beyond.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate is a 2,550-case blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. It is aged 20 months in new French oak prior to bottling. This super effort comes across as a Napa version of top-flight Pauillac. Dense ruby/purple to the rim with a gorgeous nose of smoke, cedar, burning wood fires, and creme de cassis, this powerful, intensely rich, complex Cabernet reveals notions of chocolate, charcoal, and blackberry fruit. It should age effortlessly for up to 15 or more years. (RP)
Dark, dense and concentrated. A rich, powerful wine that packs in layers of complex flavors, yet maintains a sense of grace and finesse. Core flavors are built around ripe, lively plum, currant, herb and smoky-toasty oak, but at the end what impresses you most is the elegance and polish. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, cedar, loam and menthol, with a whiff of roast coffee. Rich but dry and savory; smooth and aromatic. Subtly complex flavors of currant, lead pencil, cedar, loam and menthol. Finishes with plenty of fine tannins that will need a bit of time to unwind.