Tudal Family Winery: New Releases

This Napa Valley property is producing some outstanding handcrafted wines in small quantities. For their “Vineyard Series” that is reviewed here, they source grapes from their own estate and purchase fruit from neighboring vineyards as well. Their Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyard and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon are exceptional wines, and their other Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines are very good as well. Kirk Venge is the talented winemaker at this estate.

We confess we did not know the Tudal Family Winery winery before reviewing their wines, despite the fact that they began producing wine in Napa Valley over three decades ago. We understand that in the early days slugger Joe DiMaggio was a big fan of these wines and was always welcomed into the Tudal home with for some homemade ravioli.

Tasting Notes and Ratings

Tudal Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley ($18) 89+
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc offers ripe floral aromas of melon and citrus. On the palate it is crisp and bright with lime citrus flavors, a soft texture, and lots of acidity. The wine is nicely balanced, dry and full of flavor with a persistent finish.

Tudal Winery 2009 Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley ($42) 91+
The Pinot Noir Bacigalupi Vineyard is a beautifully crafted wine. It exhibits a medium ruby hue and aromas of pure dark cherry fruit and toasted oak. Burgundian in style, it boasts a silky texture with elegance, soft round tannins and a long persistent finish. A terrific wine!

Tudal Winery 2008 Napa Valley Cuvée Napa Valley ($20) 88+
A blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Malbec, the Napa Valley Cuvée offers red and blackberry fruit aromas and flavors that include chocolate and spice. On the palate it is silky smooth with medium weight, soft round tannins and a firm finish.

Tudal Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Clift Vineyard Napa Valley ($40) 91
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Clift Vineyard is a beautiful dark ruby color and boasts dark black berry fruit aromas and flavors. It has a lush mouth feel with rich and concentrated fruit flavors. It is well balanced and pleasant drinking with soft tannins and a long finish.

Tudal Winery 2009 Napa-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Napa-Sonoma ($28) 90
The 2009 Napa-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon is a 50-50 blend that offers aromas of red and black currant, cassis, leather and licorice. It is nicely balanced and silky smooth with good structure, soft tannins and a firm finish.

Tudal Family Winery 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($65) 92+
The 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine and a real pleasure to drink. It is rich in aromas and flavors of dark berries and cherry with leather and sweet cedar notes. Sourced from two special blocks from the Tudal Winery Estate, it is beautifully balanced with a soft velvety smooth mouth feel, perfect acidity, soft and firm but silky tannins, and a long finish. The wine will age for at least 5 to 10 years.

Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler
International Wine Review
November 2011

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