von Strasser Winery
2012 Rudy Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
California: Napa Valley
The Legend of Rudy
Today’s von Strasser Winery 2012 Rudy Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a welcome return for one of our favorite winemakers, Rudy von Strasser. With Rudy’s wines normally going for upwards of $100, Agent Red was once again able to wrangle a spectacular deal for our Operatives!
This wine is bright, crisp, and wonderfully refreshing, and after the winter many have had across the country, is just what you need - a lovely reminder that Spring and Summer are just around the corner. After tasting this Sauvignon Blanc, many on our tasting panel couldn’t wait to have this gem while sitting on the porch soaking up some sun. On a warm day, this wine is exactly what you’re looking for!
Better act fast, dear Operatives - at $17.50 this wine will sell out fast!
A super pale gold, nearly straw yellow, throughout the glass.
Juicy and aromatic on the nose, with green apple, honeydew, lemon zest, creamed honey, lemon flower, and a touch of jasmine.
Leading with fresh, crisp flavors of young white peach, young pear, honeydew, lemon zest, and hints of exotic fruits. These are trailed by lemongrass, lime flower, flinty minerality, and a touch of dried herbs.
Clean and refreshing, with bright flavors of citrus that slowly trail away, leaving you with notes of subtle dried herbs and minerality on the edge of the palate.
Pepper encrusted seared Ahi tuna with a sesame ginger dressing.
What the Winery Says
Spring blossoms are breaking out here at von Strasser winery. Nothing captures the essence of spring like our 2012 Rudy Sauvignon Blanc. This beautiful wine has bright citrus fruit with an overall lean structure and definitive minerality that rounds out the finish.
- Rudy von Strasser
- Napa Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- 100% Stainless Steel
- Very limited
About the Winery
Shortly after their marriage in 1989, Rudy and Rita von Strasser set out looking for a vineyard property to make their home. Having already developed a deep passion and talent for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Rudy was committed that the property must be in a microclimate blessed with the ability to grow and produce the finest red wines in Napa Valley; wines worthy to carry the von Strasser family name. Serendipitously, the old Roddis Estate Winery on Diamond Mountain had just been put on the market, and in the spring of 1990, the von Strasser label was born.
As you drive up Diamond Mountain Road, you leave the valley floor and the crowds behind you and enter a property which many describe as “early Californian.” However, the beauty of the setting is second only to the quality of the wine and personalized attention you will receive.
Winemaker Rudy von Strasser
Owner/Winemaker Rudy von Strasser is a first generation American citizen; his mother is from Hungary and his father is an Austria. He studied winemaking at UC Davis, and after an internship at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Rudy worked as Enologist at Napa Valley’s Trefethen Family Vineyards for two years, and as Assistant Winemaker at Newton Vineyard for three years. In 1990 Rudy and his wife Rita started their eponymous winery in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District, and quickly became famous for their age-worthy single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons.
Rudy’s winemaking philosophy centers on the concept that great wines are created in the vineyard and not in the winery. His most important winemaking tool is his palate: his ability to understand and analyze each vineyard’s wine potential through the tasting of the grapes. All of the grapes used in the von Strasser label are picked at their optimum ripeness when the flavors are peaking and the tannins have become ripe and soft. The end result is wine of great extract and a tannin complex which is both huge and soft at the same time. The resultant mouth feel is often described as being “chewy”, and makes these hillside wines both approachable when young, yet also worthy of further development with age.