Entreprenuer Leslie Rudd, Kansas Liqour wholesaler, owner of the Dean & Deluca
gourmet food markets, Oakville Grocery, St. Helena's PRESS restaurant, and Distillery 209, also owns two wineries, Edge Hill Estate and Rudd Winery. In 1996 Rudd purchased the 55 acre Oakville estate (he has added territory in Mt. Veeder since) and, in 2000, the estate bottled its first red vintage.
Since 2007 Rudd's head winemaker has been Sonoma
native Patrick Sullivan, a verteran of Peter Micahel, Hobbs, and Lewis Cellars. Along with the famed vineyard manager David Abreu and consultant Brad Grimes (Abreu's own winemaker), Sullivan has overseen the production of classic Oakville wines that combine intense dark fruit flavors; mineral, cedar, tobacco and licorice notes; and firm acid/tannin spine. These restrained wines, which resemble ripe Bordeaux
from the Médoc, have the depth and balance to reward aging. The bottlings include Oakville Estate Red, Cabernet Sauvignon
, Susan’s Blanc, Mt. Veeder Sauvignon Blanc
, Bacigalupi Chardonnay
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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