2011 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1145835

Rudy Von Strasser may have got his start in the wine business an intern at prestigious Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, but he hasn't let his head, or his prices, ascend into the stratosphere. He offers both a reserve blend, for more than $130, and this excellent $20 Cabernet Sauvignon from his Diamond Mountain District winery, founded in 1989. Our staff loved the 2010 "Rudy," a concentrated, elegant and eminently drinkable Cab delivering more-than-everyday quality for a great price. We're glad it's back.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2014 | Send Email
Maybe the best $20 Cab in the store. A hint of wood spice on the nose. Tons of generous red and black fruits, sweet and ripe. Yet the wine remains bright and fresh with plenty of acidity for balance. Finishes with soft tannins and a very food-friendly 13.5% alcohol. A remarkable success in a difficult vintage and a great value for everyday drinking -- the classic “pop and pour.”

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2013 | Send Email
As the head review states, Von Strasser offers both $130 Diamond Mountain Estate wines as well as the $20 Rudy Cabernet. Normally, the Rudy contains a small amount of estate fruit as well as sourced fruit from all around Napa. However, with 2011 being such a low yielding vintage, Von Strasser made ZERO estate wines. That's right; the $20 2011 Rudy contains all of the fruit that would normally go into their more expensive Estate wines! Stock up for any get together!
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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.