2010 Von Strasser Winery "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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I love this Cabernet, and not just because Rudy is my wife's name! Diamond Mountain's higher elevation means the grapes see more direct sunlight and less cooling influences than the rest of the Napa Valley, leading to the production of some of the most concentrated and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon in the entire region. This shows all-around elegance from start to finish. Great black and blue fruit on the nose. Big, plush and round on the palate, with blackberry, blueberry, plum, sweet fresh oak, herbal and floral notes and a touch of minerality from the volcanic soil of the vineyard. Fantastic finish to boot. All this for twenty bucks! (Illya Haase, K&L Hollywood)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2013 | Send Email
The best of our "drink now" California Cabernet's, Rudy from Von Strasser, returns! This wine packs a punch for $20, with nice blackberry, black cherry, and plum notes alongside a great mineral streak to bring it all together. Lighter tanins finish off this very approachable bottle. Great for any night of the week!

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2013 | Send Email
In a world of overprice Cab's. the Rudy is a bastion of hope for affordable, quality wines. The 2nd wine of Von Strasser delivers elegance and power that balance each other perfectly. Rich cherry and plum notes are balanced with minerality and silky tannins. Next time you need a week night cab, reach for Rudy.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2012 | Send Email
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One of the best $20 Cabs we carry! The 2010 vintage has a touch more softness and rounder edges. The very grippy tannins of the 2009 have been toned down a touch. This wine is exceptionally balanced and drinkable now and over the next five years.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.