At the top of Mt. Veeder, Leslie Rudd owns a vineyard that is blessed by this magic. In 2010, Peter Paul was able to source a limited amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from Leslie’s exceptional property, situated 1,500 feet above the valley floor. Working with winemakers Jeff Morgan and Daniel Moore, Peter has selected the most outstanding barrels from his Mt. Veeder grapes to create a unique blend that is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Richly textured, fine tuned and brimming with complex flavors and aromas, this is a wine of amazing elegance and distinction. It will last for many years to come.
18 to 22 months in French oak barrels.
Wine is unfiltered
very full bodied
Winemaker, Peter Paul Wines
I believe I'm the only commercial winemaker who's also a professional wine (and food) writer. I started out as a cellar rat in New York's Long Island in 1988. In 1992, I began a 7-year stint with Wine Spectator, finishing as West Coast Editor. Moved to Napa in October 1999. Co-founded the only New World winery dedicated to rose (SoloRosa) in 2001; co-founded Covenant Winery (with Napa vintner Leslie Rudd) in 2003. And now make wine for several other wineries, including Peter Paul, under the aegis of M Square Wine Consultants, owned and operated with winemaker Daniel Moore.
Still writing, too. Since 2001, I've written seven cookbooks including: Dean & Deluca, PlumpJack and Domaine Chandon along with continuing journalistic pursuits for such publications as The Wall Street Journal and Wines & Vines. I also teach at the CIA's Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies in my spare time.
Country born: United States
Education: Degrees in music: French National Conservatory, Nice; Wesleyan University, in CT; (Dubious claim to fame: I used to be the bandleader at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo. That's where I learned to love good wine and food.)
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
As many of my mentors would say: "Less is more." Typically, I ferment with native yeast and bottle unfined/unfiltered. Great grapes make great wines. Great winemakers try not to screw it up!
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