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2009 Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Agira Vineyard

Retail: $89.99

$69.99

per bottle

Rating
96 Pts Wine Enthusiast

Color
Red

Size
750 mL

ABV
14.1%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2009

Varietal(s)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, jam, blueberry, black pepper, plum, boysenberry, cranberry, licorice, black cherry, smoke, toast and tar

Nose

currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, candy, vanilla, oak, smoke, tar, musk, mushroom, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather

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Wine Enthusiast:

"An awesome wine—this is so massively intense in blackberry, blueberry and cassis flavors, it’s hard to believe. From the first sip though the middle palate, it’s seemingly sweet with a fruity essence, but the finish is dry and firm. Drink now and for 8–10 years, at the very least. "

Product Description:

"The Agira Vineyard is a small 3 acre vineyard originally planted in 2001. The name Agira is Italian for a little blue bird, and also is the name of the town from which the original owners of this vineyard comes. It is planted on an East facing slope and ripens in the more gentle morn ing and early afternoon sun. The aromas of this wine are intense with scents of fresh baked cherry cobbler. On the palate there are hints of mint and cedar. This wine has lingering finish of plum that is as smooth and soft as a cashmere scarf. Pair this wine with a roasted leg of lamb with pan roasted potatoes and carrots.

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. Based on these harvest decisions, the correct combination of fermentation and winemaking techniques (including cold soaking, fermentation temperatures, extended maceration, aeration, and an aggressive barrel program) are employed to maximize each vineyard’s potential. 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.

Only 170 cases were made." -Winery

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