von Strasser Winery

Rudy's Choice
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

2010 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 14 | Lot No. 144
Vintage

2008

von Strasser Winery

Rudy's Choice

Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

5 cases produced

Each year certain lots of Cabernet shine above others. In 2008, this particular lot of Spaulding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Block A stunned us with its depth of color and intensity. Blended with Petit Verdot and Malbec from the von Strasser Estate, these five cases are the winemaker's choice for the vintage.


Aging Process

22 months in french oak: made up of approximately 40% new cooperage

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.72
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Rudy von Strasser

Winemaker, Rudy Von Strasser

Winemaker, Rudy von Strasser

I started in the wine business in a roundabout way. I was studying apple farming at University of New Hampshire, and I wrote my senior paper on producing hard-cider using local organic apples. I decided upon graduating that I would like to pursue this dream, but had no mentor to teach me how to make cider. So in 1981 I decided to come to Napa Valley, thinking if I could learn to make wine, I could take this knowledge for my cider.

I worked for about a year at Robert Mondavi Winery, and not only fell in love with wine, but also California. This enthusiasm made me enroll back into college at UCD, where I recieved a second degree, in enology. Upon graduating, I wanted to focus on Cabernet Sauvignon so I looked to connections had in Bordeaux and was able to talk myself into an internship at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, where in 1985 I became the first California intern. Upon returning, I became the enologist at Trefethen for two years, then assistant winemaker at Newton Vineyard for three years. In 1990, I fullfilled the dream and bought a small ranch on Diamond Mountain which now is the home to my winery.

Country born: United States

Education: See above experience section for my comlplete Bio

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
'Winery of the Year' for 11 of the past 12 years for Wine and Spirits Magazine; 'Wine of the Year' - Connoisseurs Guide to Fine Wine; 'Value Winery of the Year' - Wine and Spirits magazine 2009; 'Prince of Cabernet' and magazine cover - The Wine News; Gold and Silver Medals in 2011 & 2012 at AWC-Vienna, Austria for Gruner Veltliner

Winemaking Philosophy:
I believe wines should be elegant. The most important flavors of a wine need to be those which come for the vineyard and show the terroir. If a wine carries too much of a winemaker’s “muscle”—like oak, alcohol—then it becomes generic and no longer a product of a place. Since I make seven different bottlings from Diamond Mountain District, I want each vineyard to taste unique due to the soils, exposure, farming techniques, etc.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: I make wine only from the Diamond Mountain District AVA, and as such have access to some incredible vineyards. This particular lot is from an old vineayrd owned by Jim Spaulding. Becuase of the age of the vines, there are quite a few block. For this lot, I chose one very small block which produced just one ton of grapes, too little to bottle on its own commercially, but was of tremendous depth and character.

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: see above

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  block  because  because it was the best wine in my cellar that year

Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?

A: It is rare to find a wine that is this concentrated, but still is elegant, sophistcated, and moderate in alcohol.

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1421 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica  CA  90403
310-393-2888


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