Back in 2006, the first Cabernet Rudius produced hailed from Howell Mountain. With the introduction of our Savory Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in 2014, we have come full circle. Our estate vineyard, perched at 1700 feet elevation on Howell Mountain, not only represents the best of what this appellation has to offer but also epitomizes the Rudius philosophy. Structure. Depth. Ageability. These have always been the hallmarks of Jeff’s winemaking style and our estate fruit provide the perfect canvas for his work. The shy yielding, Clone 7 vines from Blocks 1 and 2 give an intense concentration of flavor and an elegant structure, indicative of mountain fruit. Black cherry, cassis and ripe bramble flesh out across your palate while complex notes of flint and cardamom spice darken the overall profile of the wine. The tannin structure here is not shy, but this is every bit a California Cabernet and has the plush mid-palate to support this age-worthy backbone. We are more than happy to lay the 2014 Savory Estate Cabernet down for years — as we hope to pop a bottle or two on Kaley Elizabeth’s wedding day — and that is just what this wine needs. Decanting will serve you well if you’d like to share a bottle with friends in the Spring, but your best bet is a 3-5 year rest in the cellar. We promise, this wine will be nothing short of dazzling by 2020!
2014 Savory Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon