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1997 Von Strasser "Reserve" Diamond Mountain District Bordeaux Blend (6L) (Previously $3000)

SKU #1481667 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Brilliant ruby. Vibrant, floral aromas of blackberry and Valrhona chocolate. Superb sappy intensity of flavor without thickness or heaviness. Juicy and brooding, with terrific finesse and grip. Notes of spice cake and iris. Finishes with big, dusty tannins and impressive persistence. A powerful mountain-style Bordeaux blend that made with an almost magically light touch. (ST) 92+ Inner quote mark (11/2000)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The opaque purple-colored, dense, full-bodied 1997 Reserve Diamond Mountain Proprietary Red (a blend of 40% Petit Verdot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 23% Merlot) is a blockbuster. The wine possesses loads of violet-tinged blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of graphite. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2002)

K&L Notes

Earlier this year, we sent a note to the folks at Von Strasser inquiring about the possibility that any of their library wines might be available to us. The response we got surpassed even our wildest dreams! They sent a huge list of wines dating back to the late 1990s, in a variety of large formats, and with very competitive pricing! Rudy Von Strasser founded his eponymous winery in 1990, but before that, he was already an accomplished and somewhat groundbreaking winemaker in his own right. Rudy was the first American intern to work at Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, for the 1985 vintage. After that, he worked in Napa for legendary winemaker John Kongsgaard at Newton Vineyards. In 1990, along with his wife, Rita, he purchased a property directly adjacent to the legendary Diamond Creek Vineyards, high in the Diamond Mountain AVA. There he set about crafting powerful, age-worthy, mountain fruit Cabernets that quickly gained a stellar reputation. The wines have long been favorites here at K&L—we’ve carried over 200 wines from Von Strasser over the last 27 years! These classically styled Cabs, built to age, have typically sat well with our “house palate,” which is so influenced by the Left Bank wines of Bordeaux. The provenance on these wines is perfect. They came directly from the winery to us in a temperature-controlled truck. As we rush ever closer to the holiday season, some of these large-format offerings are absolutely made for the holiday table!

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