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Rudd, 2013 Rudd Oakville Estate 'Samantha's' Cabernet Sauvignon

"The other red wine Leslie Rudd makes with his daughter Samantha is their Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon SamanthaÄôs has a dark color, notes of tobacco leaf and blackberries, a touch of espresso, and a rich, full-bodied, luscious style. This is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, although some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec are added. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038."
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Rudd, 2013 Rudd Oakville Estate 'Samantha's' Cabernet Sauvignon

"Dense, rich and powerful, yet with a seam of suppleness that gives the potent dark berry, mineral, graphite and cedary flavors a measure of finesse and refinement. Best from 2020 through 2034. 900 cases made."

Rudd, 2013 Rudd Oakville Estate 'Samantha's' Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Rudd Oakville Estate 'Samantha's' Cabernet Sauvignon

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc

100% New French Oak

The 2013 growing season was the driest on record with only 6˝ of rainfall, down from a 29˝ average. Despite this, growing conditions were nearly perfect, with moderate heat, balanced crop and only several days in August and September over 100°F allowing even ripening. Harvest decisions were focused on capturing freshness in a dry year and avoiding overripe fruit characteristics through meticulous field and cluster sorting in the winery. The resulting wine offers power and balance in what is proving to be a classic vintage.

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