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2008 Von Strasser "Sori Bricco Vineyard" Diamond Mountain District Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) (Previously $200)

SKU #1481685 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Always an intricately built wine, exotic and ripe. Right now, it's a contradiction. So silky in the mouth, it could almost be a Pinot Noir, except it has Cab's tannins, and the blackberry and cherry fruit has a powerful intrusion of cassis. Those tannins are notable. They intrude at every step of the way, suggesting time in the cellar. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (11/2011)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark This bottling wins kudos for being the most elegant of the highly rated offerings from Von Strasser. Mind, it is no shrinking violet, but in its lovely mix of cherries, currants, hints of orange rind and creamy oak, it finds an extra level of refinement that gives it its own special stamp of excitement. Its latter palate firmness and evident tannins will afford it a long life, but this would be one that could be opened sooner if you cannot wait. Inner quote mark (8/2011)

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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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2020 | Send Email
This wine is showing great! Tons of black fruit, tobacco, crushed stone. Full-bodied and lush, but with classic varietal structure. Try with roast lamb.

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