2012 Von Strasser Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine & Spirits
Tense, black and smoky, this is almost tarry when first poured. That reductive blackness fades into a sleek wine over the course of two days, with bright cherry fruit and dark, juicy, cherry-skin tannins. Oak brings a rich, dark-roast coffee warmth, supporting the fruit tannins without masking them. Cellar this to serve with filet mignon
*One Star* It might not boast a single site as its source, and it may come at a lesser price, but Von Strasser's basic Diamond Mountain Cabernet it is in no way a lesser wine. It is ripe and generously fruited with nicely placed oak and touches of cocoa and herbs lending a bit of extra range and richness. While it runs up against a fair bit of brusque, last-minute tannins, it stays in focus and does not dry out, and its fruity volume and fine balance guarantee good things to come over the next five or six years.
Intense elegant nose. Black tea, bramble, sweet vanilla spice. Full bodied, restrained and well balanced. Fine-grained already integrated tannins. Cassis and plum on palate with the black tea coming through. Long, elegant finish with fruit, wood and spice. (MD)
The winery's blend of all six of its single-vineyard designates, this contains smaller amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cab Franc in support of the Cab Sauvignon. Dried herbal components pique the aroma, followed by spicy cinnamon and black pepper seasonings on the palate. Black licorice marks the finish. (VB)