Rued=Rue-ed

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Rued Winery.

This is actually the second time I’ve had the chance to taste the wines from Rued (pronounced Rue-ed) Winery.  In 2008 they made an appearance at the DC International Wine and Food Festival and I stopped by the table then, as they are located in Dry Creek Valley and I had not previously heard of them!  I happily accepted the opportunity to taste the wines again and actually spend some time with them.  Tonight we opened the 2005 Rued Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine retails for $45, had a real cork closure, and clocked in at 15.4% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found dark fruit, currants, chocolate, raisins, cherries, dates, and candied fruits.  This needed some time to breathe, the aromas didn’t pop out of the glass until I’d been swirling the wine for quite some time.  I’d suggest some time in the decanter.  In the mouth I got flavors of cherry…big black cherries, black fruit, brambly fruit, prunes, currants, and some red raspberries hiding on the back of the palate.  The wine had big chewy tannins….I’d decant this one for a few hours or stash it away in the cellar for a couple of years for it to show its best.

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