1997 Von Strasser Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
A wine like this is sure to please. It hits every base, from bouquet to finish, with precision. Deeply extracted black fruit and cream aromas and flavors, with shadings of tobacco. The total package in Cabernet, with pretty fruit, a proper mouthfeel and even tannins.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Complex, vibrant aromas of blackberry, cassis, espresso, chicory, licorice and iris. Very intensely flavored and sharply focused; quite light on its feet thanks to nicely integrated but firm acidity. Complicating note of bitter chocolate. Long, subtle finishes features big but even tannins that coat the palate.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain offers cherry cough syrup characteristics intermixed with subtle notes of fudge, new oak, and licorice. This full-bodied, admirably concentrated, pure, rich, sweetly tannic red should drink well for 12-15 years. (RP)
Austere, tightly wound and firmly tannic, with a chewy core of currant, anise, sage and cedar. Definitely needs time in the cellar for the tannins to soften. (JL)