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1995 Von Strasser "Reserve" Diamond Mountain District Bordeaux Blend (Previously $150)

SKU #902029 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Saturated black-ruby. Flowers, iron and nutmeg on the nose. Large-scaled, very rich and sweet, with chewy tannins and strong acidity providing a very firm structural underpinning. Like the above, this shows terrific inner-mouth flavor despite its extreme youthfulness. Seemed to grow increasingly musclebound in the glass, but the fruit builds impressively on the very long finish. Extraordinary for the vintage. (ST) 93+ Inner quote mark (6/1998)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is an outstanding wine. The color is nearly opaque purple. The nose offers up intense aromas of blackberries and cassis, intermingled with earth and vanillin. On the palate, the wine is formidably endowed, backward and tannic, but exceptionally dense, layered, and extremely rich. Yet there is no sense of heaviness, and the tannin is sweet rather than overbearing or astringent. This superb Cabernet Sauvignon has a long, promising future. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/1998)

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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