2012 Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Rudy Von Strasser may have got his start in the wine business as an intern at prestigious Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, but he hasn't let his head, or his prices, ascend into the stratosphere. The wine is made up of 100% Diamond Mountain fruit, some of which comes off the Von Strasser Estate. This is a concentrated, elegant, and eminently drinkable Cab delivering more-than-everyday quality for a fantastic price. There is great blackberry fruit on the nose, along with dusty dark chocolate. On the palate, it is big, plush, and round. Delicious notes of blackberry, blueberry, cedar, and a hint of mint charm and delight. This is drinking incredibly well right now and should hold well for years to come.

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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2015 | Send Email
One of the best deals going in domestic Cabernet Sauvignon! First and foremost, Von Strasser's Rudy is balanced. The acidity and tannins are poised just right to set off the dark fruit flavors accented with pencil shavings and mint. The cherry on top is that it comes in at an eminently fair price, too!

By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2015 | Send Email
How does a winery make a wine of such beauty and balance for only $ 19.99? Rudy Von Strasser can. A nice balance of Diamond Mountain structure and acidity with valley floor ripeness just kissed with a touch of wood.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2015 | Send Email
Without reservation, without equivocation, without fear of contradiction I can genuinely say that the Von Strasser "Rudy" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best $20 Cabs on our shelves. This is the second label from the Von Strasser winery in Calistoga. Their top Cabs sell for $50 and $80 respectively. At a mere $19.99 the "Rudy" offers plenty of sweet fruit balanced by tart acidity with notes of fresh picked raspberry and bing cherry. A deft use of oak lends a little spice. Fine tannins frame the finish. Really shows off the strength of this 2012 vintage. We opened a bottle with dinner last night "just to taste" and ended up drinking it to the dregs. If you are looking for a great bottle of California Cabernet that you can enjoy tonight without paying a fortune, look no further.
Top Value!

By: Krista Johnson | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2015 | Send Email
"Rudy" is one of my favorite Napa Cabs that we sell. Even though it's his second label to his fantastic line up of Cabernet & Cabernet blends, you won't be disappointed! This wine is all mountain fruit, is rich yet structured and is totally polished. Black currant, cedar, wild herbs all intertwine in a sumptuously textured body. A steal at $20!

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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 M├ędoc 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1