von Strasser Winery
2010 Rudy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
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We are so lucky to have access to the wines of Rudy von Strasser! Today’s von Strasser Winery 2010 Rudy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a must-have wine that, given its low price, makes a great daily drinker.
This delicious, food-friendly wine is a real treat, delivering a juicy, flavor-filled Napa Cab experience - for a fraction of the average Napa Cab price.
The 2010 vintage has rocketed to the forefront for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, having earned some of the highest praise that we’ve seen for any vintage in recent memory.
Wine Spectator says, _“While vintners acknowledged the challenges of 2010, it turned out far better than anyone imagined, making it the best vintage yet of the 21st century, if ever so slightly. I rate the Napa’s 2010 vintage at 98 points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale, extending a hit parade of outstanding harvests that began with 2004, including five years that rate a classic 95 points or higher. There’s never been a better time to be a lover of California Cabernet Sauvignon, a category undeniably powered by the performance of Napa Valley wines. Don’t let the higher prices for some wines scare you off. There are scores of excellent wines in the $60-and-below range.”
Of the 2010 vintage, Antonio Galloni declared, “2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage…The 2010s are magnificent, viscerally thrilling wines loaded with character and personality!”
We say, 2010 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is Spy-worthy - and very highly recommended!!
Dark purple hues with a slightly inky core. At the edge, a pretty ring of dark garnet encircles the wine.
Balanced on the nose, with fruit, oak and spice playing together beautifully. Blackberry, black cherry, cassis and dark plum meld with sandalwood, dusty cocoa, and soft baking spices.
Smooth and impeccably well balanced, with dark fruit notes of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis rounded out by dark chocolate, sweet tobacco leaf, clove, and black peppercorn.
Well structured, with a lingering, fruit-driven finish that is a Cab lover’s dream.
A classic red wine pairing of slowly braised beef stew served with plenty of golden potatoes, carrots, and pearl onions.
What the Winery Says
Think of this wine as our entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon. Just don’t think of it as a typical entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is so much more. For those wine drinkers that have never sampled our award-winning Mountain Cabernet, this is the perfect wine by which to get to know us.
This approachable wine is blend of our five single vineyards all within the Napa Valley. The wine offers a softer, refined style that is framed its fruit forward nature. Right out of the bottle, the fragrant nose is pleasing and inviting. Layered with dark fruit of blueberry and blackberry, the wine leads to fig, cassis and pie spice. Finishes off with supple tannins to enjoy now or up to 10 years.
98 Point Vintage - Wine Spectator
- Rudy von Strasser
- 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.