2013 Von Strasser "Rudy" Paicines Pinot Noir

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Named for founder Rudy von Strasser, the "Rudy" label is best known around here for top-quality, well-priced Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This is the winery's first Pinot Noir from the Paicines, in the Central Coast. "This delightful Pinot Noir has a bouquet of fresh blackberries and blueberries," according to winery tasting notes. Look for fine tannins that complement good acidity and rich, red fruit flavors.

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2016 | Send Email
Fragrant, floral with black-cherry fruit, this 2013 Pinot Noir exhibits the delicacy and allure of this captivating varietal. Hints of rose petal and forest floor weave through the jammy fruit core. The mid-palate is pleasant and smooth, Great value wine. Two thumbs up !

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2016 | Send Email
This lovely release from Von Stasser pretty much has it all. Nicely rich dark fruits, without being over extracted and a very nice, long finish with balancing acidity. A wonderful bargain!

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2016 | Send Email
Really good Pinot Noir at an inexpensive price is particularly hard to find, primarily when the grapes sell for $6000 to $9000 per ton,domestically. But when Von Strasser released their second label, ‘Rudy,’ at this reasonable price, one needs to wonder at what price the winery got the grapes. In any case, produced from fruit coming from an appellation near Monterey, this Pinot is medium-deep ruby in color with a distinctive, pronounced nose that offers aromas of rose petals, spicy white pepper notes to raspberry-like fruit notes with a mild earthy, forest floor undertone. In the mouth, it is balanced, well-integrated, round, definitely Pinot in presentation with ripe, lush, complex flavors and a long, well-structured finish. This is lovely near-term drinking Gem that has Rusty totally excited and who has demanded at least several cases in our cache of wine in our wine room. This Gem will continue to improve with bottle aging, but is thoroughly enjoyable now. Great Value! Don’t Miss It! ***** 14.2% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2020

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2015 | Send Email
A well-made, straightforward Pinot from the makers at Rudy Von Strasser winery. Nice and elegantly plump fruit, made to be enjoyed at parties and dinners with friends and family. With just a hint of some spices, this is the perfect entertaining and everyday wine for all you Pinot lovers out there.
Top Value!

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
Here's a new super-value favorite! I love luxury on the cheap, and this is exactly what Rudy is -- totally affordable, but displaying moments of grandeur. Sourced from Paicines AVA next to the Gabilan Mountain range, this fruit benefits from the cool winds coming off of the Monterey Valley. Rudy is richly aromatic and exudes the scent of pepper and fresh boysenberries. Showing layers of luscious, succulent, bright ripe black cherry/ raspberry fruit and allspice, this Pinot packs a punch with fine tannins and a lengthy finish. Delicious stuff!

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2015 | Send Email
Rudy Von Strasser, of Napa Cab fame, has ventured south to San Benito County to source fruit for this value-priced Pinot Noir. Round and richly textured, even opulent in style, the 2013 Von Strasser Rudy Paicines Pinot Noir offers plenty of ripe red fruits yet retains a very sensible 14.2% alcohol. A crowd pleaser, ideal for summer, and a terrific deal at under $20.

By: Krista Johnson | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2015 | Send Email
Sumptuous and polished, this Pinot Noir from Rudy Von Strasser is perfect for summer! Strawberry, cherry and soft pepper lead you into a soft herbal finish. Perfect for lighter summer fare and with spicy grilled foods. Rudy strikes again!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2015 | Send Email
We see a number of California Pinots in this price range at K&L, and several from prestigious wineries like this Von Strasser, but this wine stood out to me. The Rudy Pinot is neither overly extracted, or big bodied. Rather it has a medium to light body, with fresh, bright cherry fruit, fine, integrated tannins, and lovely, crisp acidity. Quite a find at this price!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2