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WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.10%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Von Strasser is back! Diamond Mountain Cabernet from the man who MADE Diamond Mountain District a legit AVA. We have the 2131 Vineyard on deck today for over 50% off, and boy is this a nice little gem to crack open on a Thursday. It’s got some cool, old-school rustic vibes with a bit of that new world pop to give it a fun edge. This is one of those wines to chill out with some old records and let the music and Cabernet goodness wash over you (well, not literally of course). 

Rudy von Strasser dedicated much of his life building the prestige of Diamond Mountain. He discovered Rainin Vineyard (yup, the one that’s earned 100pts from Robert Parker) and Diamond Terrace. Though 2131 Vineyard is probably the best kept secret of them all. Tucked away in the northern-most part of the AVA, its rolling hills and intensely dark soils produce some neatly complex wines, especially in a lovely vintage like 2014.

There’s power, yet subtle elegance and ease in this wine. You can enjoy it now, but it will only continue to evolve over the next few years to drink even better than it does today (that is what Diamond Mountain and mountain Cabs are good at in general). Blackberries, black currants and a bit of créme de cassis and perhaps a little créme de violette escape out of the glass leading to hints of crushed rose petals, cigar box, clove and a touch of menthol. Those mountain tannins are present on the palate but are starting to soften ever so slightly. Tons of vibrant red and dark fruit with lovely florals, blood orange peel, spice and toast all rolling off to a bright finish.

Lots to love in this wine, and at $39, it’s a steal for a Cabernet of this stature. If you bought the Agira Vineyard (there’s still some available!), these are two wines worthy of blind tasting with your fellow oenophiles…lively debate is sure to ensue! $156 a 6-pack with, you guessed it, that ground shipping included! Load up before it slips your fingers!

TASTING NOTES 

Blackberries, black currants, créme de cassis and perhaps a little créme de violette escape out of the glass leading to hints of crushed rose petals, earth, pepper, cigar box, clove and a touch of menthol. Present tannins that are starting to soften ever so slightly. Tons of vibrant red and dark fruit with lovely florals, blood orange peel, spice and toast all rolling off to a bright finish.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Situated on Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley, the Von Strasser estate maintains six separate vineyards. When Rudy and Rita Von Strasser purchased the old Roddis Winery in 1990, the vineyards were planted in two stages. The oldest block, 2 acres in size, was planted in 1970 to budwood from Martha’s Vineyard. The second block, 4 acres in size, was planted in 1983, also with budwood from Martha’s Vineyard. In 1991, the von Strasser’s embarked upon a vineyard modernization, changing the entire vineyard to a high density, vertical trellis system. An acre of Petit Verdot was planted that year with an eye towards its future use in a unique Reserve bottling. In 1998, a new piece of hillside land was cleared and planted to vineyard. Today, the property consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (12 acres), Petit Verdot (2 acres), and Merlot (1 acre).

Rudy von Strasser’s entrance into winemaking came in a serendipitous way. He had just graduated with an agricultural degree from the University of New Hampshire (1980), with a goal of sparking a modern hard-cider industry in New England; after all he wrote his senior thesis on hard-cider production. Rudy thought that he could learn the necessary skills by working for a year in the California wine industry. After a year spent at Robert Mondavi Winery, the wine bug had been firmly planted and Rudy took the obvious next step: he enrolled at the famed Enology program at U.C. Davis, and graduated in 1985 as a trained winemaker.