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Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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The Rainin Vineyard sits on the highest parts of Diamond Mountain Road, faces east, and soaks-up the morning and afternoon sun. The aromas of this wine are intense with ripe blackberry and pipe tobacco while the palette is as smooth and soft as a cashmere scarf. Pare this wine with a roasted leg of lamb with pan roasted potatoes and carrots.

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von Strasser Winery:
Rudy's winemaking philosophy centers on the concept that great wines are created in the vineyard and not in the winery. His most important winemaking tool is his palate: his ability to understand and analyze each vineyard’s wine potential through the tasting of the grapes. All of the grapes used in the von Strasser label are picked at their optimum ripeness when the flavors are peaking and the... Read more
Rudy's winemaking philosophy centers on the concept that great wines are created in the vineyard and not in the winery. His most important winemaking tool is his palate: his ability to understand and analyze each vineyard’s wine potential through the tasting of the grapes. All of the grapes used in the von Strasser label are picked at their optimum ripeness when the flavors are peaking and the tannins have become ripe and soft. Based on these harvest decisions, the correct combination of fermentation and winemaking techniques (including cold soaking, fermentation temperatures, extended maceration, aeration, and an aggressive barrel program) are employed to maximize each vineyard’s potential. The end result is wine of great extract and a tannin complex which is both huge and soft at the same time. The resultant mouth feel is often described as being “chewy”, and makes these hillside wines both approachable when young, yet also worthy of further development with age. Read less

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External Reviews for Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright ruby-red. Deep aromas of black raspberry, minerals, flowers, cola and spicy oak. Concentrated, bright and sweet, with lovely spicy lift to the flavors of crystallized dark berries and chocolate. Offers impressive balance and enticing sweetness. Finishes broad, ripe, lush and long, with plenty of fine-grained tannins. An excellent example of Diamond Mountain cabernet.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Iandrsquo;m a big fan of Von Strasserandrsquo;s Diamond Mountain Cabernets andmdash; their quality consistently goes far beyond the price point. The Post vineyard is young and restrained now but shows outstanding potential for short or long term cellaring. Elegant and richly layered with black currant, chocolate, olives and briary black raspberries. A fresh, untampered style of winemaking shines through the purity and intensity of the fruit. A classic.


External Review
Source: Salute! Wine Market
02/28/2009

The 2004 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of select distinctive vineyards, all within the Diamond Mountain District AVA. The lots are specifically chosen for their unique combination of concentration, bright fruit aromas and elegance. This wine is loaded with cassis, berries and violets on the nose and sweet, supple tannins on the palate.Softer and more elegant in style than the vineyard designated wines, this impressive Cabernet will excite the palate today or age gracefully for 10+years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Firm and intense, with earthy tannins wrapped around tight currant, mineral, anise and herbal sage notes that add up to a complex medley of flavors. Well-balanced, with the tannins providing structure. Best from 2009 through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

A clean and gentle cabernet, this grows at a vineyard with relatively deep, red volcanic soils at the base of Diamond Mountain. Itandrsquo;s adjacent to Rudy von Strasserandrsquo;s estate, and he has managed the vines since planting them in 1992. The 2004 includes 10 percent merlot and five percent petit verdot, which creates a complex layering of fruit andmdash; brisk blueberry above, darker currant underneath, spreading over tannins that lend earthiness and scents of black tea. An elegant wine to enjoy now for its freshness, or to cellar for a decade.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Von Strasser's '97 tames the big, bold Diamond Mountain Cabernet style with a more elegant tone. Saturated with color and fruit flavor, dark red and black fruits and a buzz of cedar. The flavors soak into the mouth, sophisticated and already yielding tremendous pleasure. While the fruit is succulent and juicy as a pear, the structure is there to hold it for years - drink it now for freshness and power, or drink it ten years from now for mellow complexity. A focused and voluptuous wine.


External Review
04/18/2013

Rudy von Strasser has become one of the premier cabernet growers in Napa Valley; his 2004s are clear proof of his talent. This wine is a barrel selection of some of the best lots from his estate, including a good dose of petit verdot (15 percent) and a touch of merlot (5 percent). It’s long on pure black currant fruit, succulent as a fresh forest mushroom. And there’s a youthful electricity that drives it, sleek and elegant even if it is far too young to drink — if you want to get the full benefit of the ferrous tannins and the potential complexity they hold. If you like to follow a wine through all the stages of its life, open this now, an hour or two before serving a beef tenderloin stuffed with mushrooms.


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The Rainin Vineyard sits on the highest parts of Diamond Mountain Road, faces east, and soaks-up the morning and afternoon sun. The aromas of this wine are intense with ripe blackberry and pipe tobacco while the palette is as smooth and soft as a cashmere scarf. Pare this wine with a roasted leg of lamb with pan roasted potatoes and carrots.

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