Best of the Best 2013: Domestic White Wines: Rudd 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Mt. Veeder
The pursuit of quality has been the raison d’être of all of Leslie Rudd’s endeavors. As the head of Standard Beverage Corp. (Kansas’s largest beverage distributor), the chairman of Dean & DeLuca, the proprietor of Press (one of the Napa Valley’s favorite fine-dining destinations), and the owner of Rudd Estate, this uncompromising entrepreneur is continually raising the standards not only for himself and his colleagues, but also, by extension, for his competitors. The Rudd 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Mt. Veeder (www.ruddwines.com, $62) is a liquid expression of this commitment to excellence. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Sémillon from the Mt. Veeder appellation, this white merges such subdued elements as beeswax and granite with unrestrained notes of kiwi, mango, and lime to achieve a mesmerizing harmony.