2009 von Strasser Winery ‘Rudy’ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Codename: Brilliant Successor
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to von Strasser Winery, a wine Spies Operative favorite. Procure their 2009 “Rudy” Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine whose prior vintage still holds the honor of being our Top 3 Best-Selling Cabernetof all time. Secure as many cases as possible.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: von Strasser Winery
Wine Subject: 2009 Rudy Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley
Winemaker: Rudy von Strasser
Backgrounder: Best known for its exceptional, ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, von Strasser Winery sits stop Napa Valley’s high-elevation, on Diamond Mountain. von Strasser Cabs are revered for their elegance and exceptional quality. Having recently wontwo perfect 100 Point scores for their Cabernets, von Strasser wines are in hot demand.
Winery Backgrounder: von Strasser winery is located in the Diamond District AVA (American Viticultural Area) at the northern tip of the Napa Valley. The higher elevation of the region sees more direct sunlight and less cooling that the rest of the valley, leading to the production of some of the most concentrated and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon in the entire Napa Valley.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Perfect ruby red, with perfectly even color, from the heart of the wine, out to the edge. After a hearty swirl, tall, skinny columns of tightly-spaced legs start high up on the glass, before running slowly downward.
Smell – Heady, lush and full, with bright aromas of juicy Bing cherry, red currant and cranberry. These sit just atop dried meats, dried violets, soft spice and a hint of sweetwood.
Feel – Softly grippy on entry, the wine then glides across the mid-palate. Then, it settles onto the entire palate, slowly introducing a spread dryness as fine tannins and a soft acidity bracket the delicious flavors of the wine.
Taste – Delicious and juicy, with black cherry and blackberry in even proportion. Then, a cascade of additional flavors seems to pour onto the palate, even after the wine is swallowed. Flavors include candied cherry, raspberry, soft brown spice, smoky red currant and hints of leather and soft spice.
Finish – Long, flavorful and very dynamic. As the initial flavors peak, follow-on flavors seem to appear out of nowhere. These last for a very long time, initially increasing before they fade. At the tail end, a softly peppery feel persists on the gums.
Conclusion – We were astounded with how excellent the 2008 Rudy was – and we are absolutely blown away by how much more we love the 2009 Rudy Cabernet Sauvignon! No hyperbole, here. This wine is spectacular and if you are looking for an approachable wine that drinks way above its price class, we give it our highest recommendation. Loaded with fruit, on the nose and on the palate, and delivering other complex flavors, this wine is an exciting and delicious treat. We paired ours with roasted fingerling potatoes with rosemary, and herb-rubbed broiled chicken breasts. The combination was divine! Stock up, dear Operative, you won’t likely have the opportunity to purchase this wine, again.
Wine Spies Winery Check:
The gorgeous location of the steeply sloping von Strasser vineyards, high atop Diamond Mountain, can be seen in this satellite photo