2009 Von Strasser Winery "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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This is Von Strasser's second label, and it may be one of the most complete, Bordeaux-like Napa Valley Cabs for the price that we've tasted this year. That's not too surprising, since ownder Rudy Von Strasser's first gig out of UC Davis's enology program was an internship at Lafite Rothschild, and the property the fruit comes from is one of the most remarkable sites on Diamond Mountain. But don't let the wine's mountain origins, or the very ripe 2009 vintage fool you into thinking it's a bruiser. The 2009 Rudy is exceptionally balanced, with good tension between the acid, tannins and fruit. It's 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 17% Merlot and 4% each Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah in supporting rolls. Drink now and over the next five years.

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2012  | Send Email
Certainly one of the best Cab's for less than $20 in the store. The Rudy is the second wine of fabled Napa producer Von Strasser and this wine doesn't dissapoint. Pretty dark red fruit, ample structure for a cab but not overly so, and a purity of fruit that makes me go back for sip after sip.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/10/2012  | Send Email
This Cabernet Sauvignon displays a flavorful deluge of rich black currant, hints of cherry and a long finish of sweet mocha and velvety tannins.

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/26/2012  | Send Email
It's extremely rare when tasting wines with the K&L staff that we all agree on how much we like a wine. Well that was what surprisingly happened on our last buying trip to Napa when we all sat down and got a chance to taste the "Rudy". The collective look on the entire staff was one of sheer amazement and then utter enjoyment. Full off dense lush purple fruit, this wine continues to please as the integrated spice seduces you into almost missing how powerfully structured and balanced this "bargain" cab presents itself.

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2012  | Send Email
It's back! The highly acclaimed and well loved "Rudy" from Von Strasser Winery returns with another great bang for the buck vintage. Aromas of cherry and cranberry intermingle with spice and a hint of game. Lush on the palate, more cherry and red currant notes give way to a lingering finish of white pepper and soft tanins. Stock up!

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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.