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The 2012 vintage not only developed into a classic growing season but offered more possibilities to select the best fruit and lots with its generous crop. With only two major heat spikes, the fruit was able to proft from a long season yielding ripe tannins and intense aromatics.
The 2012 Rudd Samantha's Cabernet Sauvignon presents dense color, with a dark, purple hue suggesting its weight and vibrant acidity. On the nose it offers fresh, dark fruit-blackberries, cassis as well as the aromatics we have come to recognize from the Oakville Estate: the characteristic warm tobacco accompanied by a dry, almost ashy note of rosemary that speaks of the near perfect growing season. The finish leaves a subtle exotic note reminiscent of sandalwood. The ripe vintage is characterized by a warm, generous evolution balanced with mineral freshness. With a long persistence in
mouth, the 2012 offers rich density, ripe tannins and balanced concentration.
While the 2012 is already showing well now, it has an excellent potential for aging from which it will beneft both texturally and aromatically. It has the density, tannin and acidity to develop in complexity and harmony for 10-20 years. Decant two hours before serving and enjoy at cellar temperature.
Wine SpectatorA bold, assertive style that packs in a lot of flavor, with dense dark berry, mocha, mineral, cedar and loamy earth notes driving the core flavors. Though big and rowdy, there's a measure of finesse and suppleness here that moves to the forefront. Drink now through 2028. 1,120 cases made.