2010 Rudd "Samantha's" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $100)

SKU #1185733 93 points Vinous

 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. (AG) 93+  (12/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Samantha’s, a 736-case blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 6% Merlot, reveals classic dusty, loamy notes intermixed with black currants, tobacco leaf, licorice and melted asphalt. Medium to full-bodied and supple, it is best drunk over the next 10-12 years. (RP)  (10/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Focused on well-defined dark berry, fresh earth, cedar, dried herb and cigar box flavors, with firm, gripping tannins. The fruit core drives through to the finish. (JL)  (10/2014)

K&L Notes

91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Malbec. Master sommelier Drew Hendricks on the 2010, from the winery: "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"

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.