Blend
83%Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot,
8% Merlot and
1% Cabernet Franc.

Appellation
Oakville

Fermentation
Native yeast and natural malolactic

Aging 19 months in fine-grained Chateau-style French oak; 86%new

Cases produced
2497 Release Date Fall 2007

Suggested retail price $125

2004 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red

The 2004 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red is the fifth vintage from our benchland vineyard at the corner of Oakville Crossroad and Silverado Trail. This vineyard is planted in rocky, red volcanic soils at the foot of the Vaca Mountains using high density planting and low vigor rootstock to encourage the vines to produce smaller, highly concentrated berries.

The 2004 growing season started early and warm, and finished early and warm. Bud-break began a week early during a three-week warm spell in early March. A second warm spell in late April propelled the vines two weeks a