2009 Von Strasser Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Agira VineyardBlend from United States
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"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 th...
- 96 Wine Enthusiast
96 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. "
"The Agira Vineyard is a small 3 acre vineyard
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
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
96 - Wine Enthusiast
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot|
|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|