The 2016 vintage was a classic vintage in the Napa Valley. Coming out of a long drought, the Estate had ample winter water going into budbreak, and a small amount of rain in the early spring helping complete canopy growth. The weather was cooler than the 2015 vintage, lending towards an optimal bloom in mid-May, but a few heat events throughout the summer helped fruit ripen at an accelerated pace. Starting harvest at the beginning of September allowed us to bring in fruit with natural acidity and balanced flavor profiles, complementing the later picks at the beginning of October, which brought deep color and vibrant aromatics.
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The reemergence of the Crossroads Cabernet Sauvignon from Rudd Oakville Estate showcases its impressive density in color and structure. Enjoying the nose, one is immediately met with memories of summertime and fruit aromas of brambleberry and juicy strawberry. These aromas are complemented by notes of herbs and spices that are synonymous with the Estate. Across the palate, the striking liveliness and boldness of the tannins are present from beginning to end, reminding the taster of the vineyard site’s dusty red earth. A combination of savory and iron driven tones on the mid-palate are another nod to the terroir, but are accompanied with the flavors of familiar red fruits, bringing a sweetness and harmony to the wine. Crossroads Cabernet Sauvignon is intended to be appreciated upon release, but will continue to impress over the next few years.