Tudal Family Winery
2011 50/50 Sonoma / Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
Winemaker Ron Vuylsteke
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 raspberries, 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.