Grapelive Special Review: Rudius
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.
I waited a long time to try Rudius Cabernet, and built up a powerful expectation, and still this wine blew me away! Jeff Ames, winemaker, crafted a real gem here with Cabernet Fruit from the famed Beckstoffer-George III Vineyard and a bit of Cab Franc that just adds to the wonders of this wine. The nose is is tight still, but gives seductive hints of what is to come, wildflowers and perfume, subtle oak shadings, graphite and blueberry all mingle with red currant before a rich palate of cassis, plum, blackberry and cherry fruits. There is a nice dancing mineral streak, tobacco leaf and licorice note that thrill as well. Plus a touch of liqueur, spice and vanilla that linger make this Cabernet something unique, and it overall seems like you not be far off if you compare it to Bond (Harlan) and Cheval Blanc if you mixed them together. If that comes across as high praise, then it would be as it was meant, this is a great wine period. In simple terms, get it! I’m sure it will only get better in the following 3-5 years, so be sure to lock a few away, even though it is beautiful now.
($65 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive