Tudal Family Winery

2011 50/50 Sonoma / Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon


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Worlds Colliding

Today’s delicious 2011 50/50 Sonoma / Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is another gem from winemaker Rudy Zuidema and Tudal Family Winery.

Crafted from some of the best Cabernet fruit in Sonoma and Napa, today’s delicious wine speaks to just how delicious Cab can be. A lovely blending of the two AVA’s, today’s wine is very smooth and supple, with a tremendously luxurious mouthfeel.

Please enjoy today’s fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon with our boldest recommendation.

Tasting Profile


Deep crimson notes throughout the center of the glass, with a touch of ruby at the fringe.


Driven by juicy fruit and soft oak, today’s wine has lovely fruit-forward aromatics led by sweet plum, dark cherry, and a touch of raspberry. These fruity aromas are rounded out by hints of dried fallen leaves, freshly tilled earth, and a touch of dried cranberry.


A very well rounded flavor profile, with equal spacing for fruit, earth, and spice. Bright red fruit flavors of black cherry, wild strawberry, and mulberry are framed by sweet tobacco leaf, cedar wood cigar box, pomegranate black tea, a touch of mushroomy earth, and a subtle note of rhubarb.


A fantastic blend of two hallmark AVAs, with a very smooth and supple finish and a tremendously luxurious mouthfeel.


Slow roasted Osso Buco, made with plenty of fresh rosemary, thyme, and California bay leaf.

What the Winery Says

Although the Napa and Sonoma Valleys lie next to one another, there is a (Mayacamas) mountain range of difference in the aroma and flavor profiles of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in each area. This Cabernet — with significant dollops of Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec — strikes a nice balance. Translucent dark ruby in color, it has scents of tobacco, light bell pepper, dill and vanilla that complement the black raspberry fruit. The wine is medium-bodied, with ashy tannins at the end. Try it with a variety of smoked red meats.

90 Point Review - Wine Enthusiast (Previous Vintage) A succulent Cabernet to drink now. Using fruit sourced from two counties, it’s rich and ripe in blackberry jam, dark chocolate, anise and oak flavors, with a firm supporting jacket of tannins. It gets better as it breathes in the glass. Although it’s not an ager, it’s soft, lovely and complex.

Rudy Zuidema
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast (Previous Vintage)
Sonoma County / Napa County
50% Sonoma County / 50% Napa County
Fruit Variety
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
24 months in 100% French oak

About the Winery

The Tudal family continues to produce Arnold Tudal’s signature cult classic, the Tudal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, but have since added a variety of wonderful blends which include our award winning Tractor Shed Red, and the 30th anniversary Legacy Lot 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Our expert winemaker Ron Vuylsteke grew up surrounded by berry bushes on his family farm in Hillsboro Oregon. In 1969, the family turned a bumper crop of blackberries into wine. Then rasberries, boysenberries, gooseberries followed. In 1984 he moved to Calistoga to “broaden his horizons” and began working for several local wineries, and finally settled in with Tudal in 1997. Since then, he has been responsible for gold medals on every Cabernet we’ve crafted since the mid 90’s. Now nearing 18 years at the winery, his intimate understanding of the vines and the production of wine allow him to produce an entire suite of world class wines.

Winemaker Rudy Zuidema

Rudy was born in Sacramento, California, and grew up in the nearby agricultural community of Davis. Building on a love of the outdoors and an interest in farming, Rudy studied Plant Science and Agricultural Management at the University of California, Davis, where he focused on viticulture.

Upon graduating from UC Davis in 1991, Rudy moved to Napa and took a position at the famed Oakville Grocery. That inspired Rudy’s desire to pursue winemaking. Working alongside wine buyer Mary Danielak, Rudy tasted thousands of wines, refining his palate and expanding his base of knowledge about vineyards, vintages and winemaking styles.

In 1993, eager to gain hands-on winemaking experience, Rudy traveled to Australia’s McLaren Vale to work at Wirra Wirra Winery. Under the guidance of Australian winemaker, Ben Riggs, Rudy learned techniques for achieving ideal ripeness, cap management and extraction—techniques that still form his approach to winemaking.

After returning to the United States, Rudy worked for St. Clement Vineyards and White Cottage Ranch under his mentor Dennis Johns. From there he moved on to such respected wineries as Cuvaison and Honig Vineyards, where Rudy was the assistant winemaker working alongside James Hall, of Patz and Hall Wine Company.

In 1996, Rudy joined Robert Craig Winery as winemaker, where he spent the next seven years focusing on terroir-driven Cabernet Sauvignon production from Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, and the Napa valley floor. Eager to combine his love of agriculture and winemaking, Rudy moved to a post as the winemaker and vineyard manager for Ehlers Estate from 2003 to 2008.

His most recent position was back on Howell Mountain for his second stint at White Cottage Ranch. As Winemaker, Vineyard Manager and General Manager, he converted the property to a certified organic and biodynamic estate.

Today, as a consulting vineyard manager and winemaker for small estate programs, Rudy combines a passion for agriculture with an expansive knowledge of winemaking. He follows organic and biodynamic farming practices to naturally enhance the flavorful diversity of the estate’s rich tapestry of vineyard blocks. This natural approach continues in the winery, where Rudy emphasizes classic, small-lot techniques and gentle handling to craft balanced wines that embody a sense of elegance, purity and power.

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