2001 Von Strasser "Estate" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1013502 93 points Wine & Spirits

 (no tasting note given)  (12/2004)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Perhaps the most open of the Von Strasser gang, this very rich wine is laden with loads of ripe and very well-concentrated curranty fruit, and its way is paved with unstinting oak and rich, loamy spice. Its bias to ripeness is clear all the way through, and it picks up a wee bit of heat in its moderately tannic finish. Its closing toughness is hard to ignore, but the wine never lets go of its fruit, and it will need a half-dozen years of taming before rounding into its very best shape.  (12/2004)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full medium ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice, mint and a hint of earth on the sweet nose. Sweet, concentrated and suave, with creamy but well-defined flavors of dark berries and tobacco. This offers superb clarity and depth of fruit flavor. Finishes quite long, with suave, building tannins that avoid dryness.  (1/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals an expansive bouquet of sweet black currants, earth, and licorice. Medium-bodied and tannic, with good structure, purity, and a Bordeaux-like profile, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well over the following 10-12.  (2/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Firm and austere, with flinty mineral, red currant, plum and black cherry fruit. Flexes its tannic muscles yet manages to still showcase the ripe fruit. Needs time or decanting.  (11/2004)

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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.


- 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.
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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.