2014 RUDIUS KALEY ELIZABETH OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

$135.00

In winemaking, when the stars align perfectly and combine fruit from one of Oakville’s best vineyards with one of Napa’s most talented winemakers, the end result is a wine that competes with the best in the world.  The 2014 Rudius Kaley Elizabeth gave me goosebumps when I first tasted it, and it hails exclusively from a secret vineyard source in Oakville just across from Screaming Eagle… If Rudius chose to list the vineyard on their label they would have to charge around $175 per bottle.  The wine was brilliantly crafted by Jeff Ames, who mentored under Thomas River Brown at Schrader, Maybach, Outpost and TOR before becoming head winemaker at TOR in 2005.  Since then, he’s made wines scoring in the high-90’s look easy, and with his own label Rudius, he’s applied that same skill-set to creating value wines with unrestrained character and profound hedonism.

This secret vineyard source has beautiful red soils that give wines from this area intense, prolific flavors, and with neighbors like Screaming Eagle, Rudd, Dalla Valle’s Maya and Joseph Phelps’ Bacchus Vineyards, no doubt this is a great place to source fruit.  The wines from this vineyard have a trademark intense red-fruited perfume, dark, supple fruits, crushed rock and brilliant complexity.  If you enjoy the best wines that Napa Valley has to offer, you do not want to miss this…

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2014 RUDIUS KALEY ELIZABETH OAKVILLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 

From Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kaley Elizabeth comes from the Tierra Rojo vineyard in Oakville planted in 1988 and contains a small splash of Cabernet Franc. The nose explodes with baked cherries, blackcurrant cordial and blueberry pie notes with touches of Chinese five spice, wood smoke and beef drippings with a waft of dried herbs. Full-bodied, rich and spicy with mouth-filling savory and spice layers, it has a solid backbone of chewy tannins and a lively line, finishing long. 300 cases were made.Robert Parker 96+ Points

From Jeb Dunnuck, “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kaley Elizabeth is a beauty that shows the plush, forward, sexy style of the vintage beautifully. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, graphite, white chocolate, and a touch of spring flower nuances all emerge from this deep, opulent, layered, beautifully concentrated 2014 that has sweet tannin, moderate acidity, and a seriously hedonistic vibe that’s hard to resist. Despite the upfront appeal, it has serious mid-palate depth and a surprising amount of tannin, so it’s going to be long-lived. Drink it anytime over the coming 20 to 30 years. 95 Points

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