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A well-known Napa Valley winery producing artisinal wines from its Oakville Estate Bordeaux varieties. A Chardonnay is produced from the original Paris Tasting Block of Chardonnay at Bacigalupi Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
Food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd purchased the 55-acre Oakville estate in 1996. The first Rudd Oakville Estate Red vintage was bottled in 2000, The head winemaker since 2007 is Patrick Sullivan who previously had stints at Peter Michael, Paul Hobbs, and Lewis Cellars. He has a degree in biochemistry from University of California at Berkeley and a MS degree in enology from California University at Fresno.
The wines are sold through a mailing list with limited retail distribution.
2008 Rudd Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay
14.6% alc., $75. This Oakville Estate winery is the only winery to produce a wine from the original 65-year-old Paris Tasting Block at Bacigalupi Vineyard. It is the only Rudd wine made from purchased fruit. This release is the ninth vintage. Each year the fruit production of this vineyard decreases due to the age of the vines. Barrel-fermented with 100% MLF. · Light straw color with mild haze (unfiltered). Invigorating aromas of lemon curd, baked pear, oak, and a hint of butter and grapefruit. Delicious flavors of white peach, pear, and complimentary toasty oak with an undertone of minerality and a riff of lemon on the lengthy finish. The creamy texture adds appeal. A spectacular offering made from vines of great historical significance that will please any Chardonnay connoisseur. Reviewed March 21, 2012 ARTICLE »