Rudius

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1132 ratings
9.014 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
"Odedi"

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is very tasty. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Better after 2 hours of airtime, when it opens up and shows the tannins.

Wine Spectator 92 points. Robert Parker 90 points.

I enjoyed it, but expected more from this vintage. Although it could age nicely in the next 10 years, if you are expecting a Napa Cabernet taste, I'd recommend to drink it sooner rather than later.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$70.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is very tasty. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Better after 2 hours of airtime, when it opens up and shows the tannins.

Wine Spectator 92 points. Robert Parker 90 points.

I enjoyed it, but expected more from this vintage. Although it could age nicely in the next 10 years, if you are expecting a Napa Cabernet taste, I'd recommend to drink it sooner rather than later.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$70.

1 person found it helpfulApr 9th, 2019
Ron R
9.3

Rudius is so consistent in every way. Love this example. Photo by Wifey!

Rudius is so consistent in every way. Love this example. Photo by Wifey!

1 person found it helpfulNov 27th, 2016
Ron R
9.2

In a difficult vintage, this winery continues to do great things. So impressive, and represents a great value in the Napa cab herd.

In a difficult vintage, this winery continues to do great things. So impressive, and represents a great value in the Napa cab herd.

1 person found it helpfulNov 15th, 2016
Ron R
9.3

Nose is exotic, with sweet oak and ripe cherries. Palette is textured and multidimensional. Tannins still provide a nice upright structure, but are resolved. Finishes with a panoply of rich dark fruits, tobacco, maple syrup and nutmeg. I think 08 in Cali was nothing special, but the Rudius winemaker continues to pull off some splendid acrobatics.
If you have this in your cellar, don't leave it too much longer.

Nose is exotic, with sweet oak and ripe cherries. Palette is textured and multidimensional. Tannins still provide a nice upright structure, but are resolved. Finishes with a panoply of rich dark fruits, tobacco, maple syrup and nutmeg. I think 08 in Cali was nothing special, but the Rudius winemaker continues to pull off some splendid acrobatics.
If you have this in your cellar, don't leave it too much longer.

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2016
Steve Anderson

Opened for visiting family. Great with steaks. Just needs about an hour of air and ready to go.

Opened for visiting family. Great with steaks. Just needs about an hour of air and ready to go.

1 person found it helpfulMay 11th, 2014
Ron R
9.2

Very impressive stuff, in what was a lousy vintage. Rudius 11 is a buy.

Very impressive stuff, in what was a lousy vintage. Rudius 11 is a buy.

May 17th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Starting off this birthday week celebration with some older wines, this one was last up for day one (rounding up to tasting note 1,000 on Delectable this weekend).

Deep garnet red. Layered nose with a touch of jam, floral herbs, some baking spices and dark berries. Moderate tannins (7/10) and medium bodied. Tons of dark red fruits on the palate with some blue fruits, and baking spices. Seems like a bit of mountain fruit too with some floral notes and dark berries. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Starting off this birthday week celebration with some older wines, this one was last up for day one (rounding up to tasting note 1,000 on Delectable this weekend).

Deep garnet red. Layered nose with a touch of jam, floral herbs, some baking spices and dark berries. Moderate tannins (7/10) and medium bodied. Tons of dark red fruits on the palate with some blue fruits, and baking spices. Seems like a bit of mountain fruit too with some floral notes and dark berries. Long finish. Drink till 2022.

Apr 15th, 2017
Ron R
9.2

Great stuff from a challenging vintage. Just lacks a little complexity.

Great stuff from a challenging vintage. Just lacks a little complexity.

Feb 27th, 2017
Carl Fischer

What a surprise. Thanks for the awesome recommendation @Ron R. I get dark fruit, vanilla and brown sugar on the nose. Vanilla and blackberries dominate the palate with mouth drying tannins and a nice acidity. Smooth and nice. I let it breathe in my glass (which means not long) and it definitely opened up after it had been opened for a while. This is really nice and got it for a steal on LB. Huge fan of Jeff Ames from Tor and delighted to try his own wine. Very nice. Will have to check out some of the single vineyard designates. Any suggestions from the group on which one to try for first? Happy New Year's Eve to all.

What a surprise. Thanks for the awesome recommendation @Ron R. I get dark fruit, vanilla and brown sugar on the nose. Vanilla and blackberries dominate the palate with mouth drying tannins and a nice acidity. Smooth and nice. I let it breathe in my glass (which means not long) and it definitely opened up after it had been opened for a while. This is really nice and got it for a steal on LB. Huge fan of Jeff Ames from Tor and delighted to try his own wine. Very nice. Will have to check out some of the single vineyard designates. Any suggestions from the group on which one to try for first? Happy New Year's Eve to all.

Dec 31st, 2016
Ron R
9.4

An inviting nose of jam compote, sweet cinnamon and seductive barrel toast.
The palette is multi-layered with maraschino cherries, sandalwood, pears and rich fruit cake. Rudius is a go-to for us. Wifey score was 94 pts. I wasn't quite there, but I know my role. I'm a fashion accessory... sniff.

An inviting nose of jam compote, sweet cinnamon and seductive barrel toast.
The palette is multi-layered with maraschino cherries, sandalwood, pears and rich fruit cake. Rudius is a go-to for us. Wifey score was 94 pts. I wasn't quite there, but I know my role. I'm a fashion accessory... sniff.

Aug 8th, 2016