BACKGROUND Growing up in the South with a family of lawyers, Jeff pulled a wild card when he began working in a Memphis-based wine shop. His passion for Rhone varietals became apparent at that point, as did his desire to move forward in the industry. What allowed him to chase his dream was an internship with Lynn Penner-Ash in Oregon. After making a shift to Napa, he worked every corner of the wine industry until in 2001, he became Thomas Brown’s assistant winemaker for brands including Schrader, Tor, Maybach, and Outpost. In 2005, he sold his first home in Napa in order to attain the start-up capital needed to achieve his ultimate goal: Rudius Wines. This wine geek isn't just passionate about his morning walks in the vineyard but is also an avid golfer, a die hard Alabama football fan, and knows the perfect pairing for any pork product.
LIMITED EDITION 180 cases
VINEYARD Napa Valley AVA, eastern Oakville hills vineyards.
WINEMAKER Jeff Ames, who has made multiple 100-point wines for TOR, as well as having made wine for Schrader, Maybach, Outpost, Tayson Pierce, Anthem and others.
TASTING NOTES The 2017 ‘Kaley Elizabeth’ will draw you in with an opulent profile that is classically Oakville — rich black cherries, cassis and elderberry. Pronounced accents of warm, Middle Eastern spices and crushed slate are bound by lengthy hillside tannins that filled your palate, carrying the wine to a long, compelling finish. The Kaley Elizabeth is undoubtedly the most age-worthy wine in our portfolio. This year’s Kaley shows the best of both the eastern Oakville hillside and the beauty of the interplay between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Our 2017 Kaley Elizabeth Cabernet will be a bit more reserved on release than previous vintages, but is still intended to age with grace, more so than any other wine in our portfolio. Over the coming decade, you will find that the distinctive hillside tannins lengthen and soften, giving the wine an even more sumptuous mouthfeel than on release. We recommend that you cellar ‘Kaley’ for at least 12 - 18 months to allow this young wine to come into its own, but don’t be afraid to enjoy a bottle on an upcoming special occasion. ‘Kaley’ will reveal her layers after a few hours in the decanter, but a 3-18 year rest in your cellar is ideal.