Retrospective Tasting Notes We are extremely proud of this Cabernet, as it is possibly the best we have produced to date. Though some of the 2010 vintage was a struggle both in the vineyards and in the winery, this year’s Panek Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous example of the best of 2010. The nose on this is packed with dark fruit – summer-ripe blackberries, black cherry, and a distinct blueberry aroma that makes Panek one of our favorite sites in the Rudius portfolio. The palate this is full-weight with an amazing silkiness to the fruit that is supported by just enough tannin to give the wine structure and texture through to the entirety of the palate. Flavors of stewed meats, warm cloves and a delicate undertone of fresh mint trail off to a rich finish. Age is a friend to the 2010 Panek, as with all our young Cabernets, but if you must open now (don’t worry, we’re impatient too) we suggest decanting for at least an hour prior to drinking. But you really can't go wrong with more time in the decanter, it will live for days – or years in your cellar!
Retrospective Tasting Notes The 2011 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay shows amazing minerals and citrus notes, characteristic of the Hyde Vineyard, with a refreshing floral component with hints of honeysuckle and apple blossom. On the entry, this wine has medium weight with a delicate crystalline quality to the fruit. The mid-palate is flush with Meyer lemon and subtle hints of flowering rosemary, while the acidity characteristic of the Robert Young selection keeps the finish bright, lengthy and fresh The 100% Malolactic fermentation gives this Chardonnay great body and texture but the inherent acidity from the site carries this weight perfectly. Because of this distinct balance, our Hyde Chardonnay is not one to drink too cold. As with all our red wines, decanting can do wonders for the wine, and letting is warm to near room temperature will allow you to experience all the unique aspects of our inaugural Chardonnay.
Retrospective Tasting Notes Balance in this wine is the key to its beauty. While there are loads of lush fruit, it is held in perfect balance by the bright acidity and supple tannin structure. The nose on the 2010 Oakville Cabernet clearly shows to its origins within the Napa Valley. There are plentiful dark fruits, spicy white pepper, and subtle undertones of fresh mint that just scream 'Oakville'. The palate carries rich, full weight from the sweet round tannins, while flavors of roasted meat, black currants and menthol impress all the way through to a long finish. There is no doubt that this bold wine will age for 10+ years, but we are sure that you will love it if you open it tonight with dinner as well.
Retrospective Tasting Notes This Grenache is not your typical, sledge-hammer California Rhone. Aromatics of vibrant rose petal, damp earth, and bright fresh red cherries jump from the glass. On the palate, this ruby-colored wine has medium weight with expansive flavors of red licorice and warm baking spices. The finish carries tremendous length without any excessive, cloying thickness. After having this wine many times and following it over the course of several days, we can honestly say that it is nearly impossible to give this earthy, age-worthy wine too much air. Open a day ahead or decant for several hours and enjoy!
Retrospective Tasting Notes June 2012This wine has gained a bit of weight since its original release. Still every bit the spicy Rhone you'd expect from Rudius but with a few more mineral and floral undertones. You could certainly pop this open and enjoy it with tomorrow night's dinner after a few hours open in the bottle, for sure but we think this wine could also hang out in your cellar for another 7-10 years, no problem.
Retrospective Tasting Notes June 2012The nose on the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and very dense with pronounced notes of blackberry, roasted meats, black truffles, and rich cocoa.Â On the palate, this wine has a very rich, dark fruit-driven entry. Hints of espresso and cassis lead into a very long, smooth finish. The richness of flavor is balanced by just enough tannin structure to keep it fresh and clean. This Cabernet is very drinkable now but will gain complexity and depth for at least 7-10 years.
Retrospective Tasting Notes June 2012The 2009 Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon may be our favorite of any Cabernet we have made to date. The nose on this wine simply explodes from the glass with barbequed meats, rich spices, licorice and sweet smoke. On the palate, it has tremendous depth and length but no sense of cloying thickness. There is also an exciting graphite edge to it as well as sweet notes of black cherries, mint and cloves. We love drinking this wine now and expect that it will continue to develop complexity and drink beautifully for 10-12 years or more.
Retrospective Tasting Notes June 2012 Ever the comedian, Jeff's initial description of this wine during our recent tasting was "the bomb diggity yo!" But in all seriousness, this Cab does taste amazing right now. Full of espresso and clove richness, with the sweet undertones of just-ripe blackberry, this wine is a great testament to the blending power of Cab Franc. 2008 was the first year that we included a bit of Cabernet Franc in our Napa Cab and we were converts from this vintage on. Best thing about this little blending addition: a bit of Cab Franc makes the wine age like a champ! This one will last for 10 years+ but we're sure you'd enjoy it tonight as well.
Retrospective Tasting Notes June 2012We have always loved this wine's smooth tannins and gently acidic flavors of black raspberry and Rainier cherry, but the beautifully perfumed nose is what really blew us away this time around. Bergamot, warm cinnamon and sweet white pepper were the dominant aromas that grabbed our attention from the first pour to the last sip. This is one of our wines that does not need much attention before you enjoy it. It is great right out of the bottle but will drink well all night long. Drink now, next year, or five years from now we're sure you'll enjoy it either way.
Retrospective Tasting Notes June 2012The 2007 Emerald Pool still makes us think "Cote-Rotie" every time we drink it. The hint of menthol we always loved in this wine is showing itself a bit more now, but it still shows bold fruit and refreshing acidity. This one has always been a bit of an exciting ringer among our Syrahs. While it's hard to say exactly what its aging curve will be, since it surprises us each time we open it, we feel confident saying that it will drink beautifully tomorrow or for many years to come.