von Strasser Winery

Rudy's Choice
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 168
Vintage: 2010

von Strasser Winery

Rudy's Choice

Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

5 cases produced


As the driving force behind the creation of the Diamond Mountain District AVA, Rudy von Strasser has focused his entire career on this unique AVA, making wines of tremendous depth and ageability. This blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot is unique in that the 'Estate Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon lot selected has traditionally been used as the basis for the winery's 'Reserve' bottling. This is the first and only time that it is being bottled on its own.

Aging Process

22 months in 100% French oak barrels

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.72
  • 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.


578 Gateway Drive
Napa  CA  94558


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