von Strasser Winery
2012 Rudy Napa Valley Zinfandel
California: Napa Valley
All Hail King Rudy
From 100 point winemaker Rudy von Strasser comes a budget-friendly wine from his namesake Rudy label. Von Strasser’s Rudy wines are perfect for anyone looking for great value in a low-priced wine. Fans of Rudy’s more expensive wines will also delight in this terrific sister label.
Youthful and bright, with plenty of character, today’s 2012 Rudy Napa Valley Zinfandel is an energetic, vibrant wine that we’ll be stocking our spy cellars with. A Rudy von Strasser wine for under $20 is almost unheard of, and we are recommending that you also stock up.
Enjoy now, but be sure to hold onto a few bottles for the next year or two as this wine will only continue to improve with a little bottle aging. Decant for best results.
Dark ruby red hues with deep, even coloration from the heart of the wine out to the edge of the glass.
Blackberry compote, bramble, plum, sweet tobacco leaf, candied black cherry and subtle sweetwood sit atop hints of coffee bean, sweet spice, oak and fall leaves.
Soft and lush on entry with plump plum at first. Close behind, fresh raspberry, pomegranate, cranberry and brown spice follow on.
Medium long, with dark fruits that fade to earth and spice characteristics. Black pepper makes a brief appearance at the very end.
Can you think of anything better with a bright Rudy Zinfandel than a deluxe burger with sweet potato fries? We can’t!
What the Winery Says
Think of this wine as our entry-level Zinfandel. Just don’t think of it as a typical entry-level Zinfandel. This wine is so much more. For those wine drinkers that have never sampled our award-winning Mountain wine, this is the perfect wine by which to get to know us.
- Rudy von Strasser
- Winemaker Accolades
- 100 Point Award Winner
- Napa Valley, California
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.