Compared this to the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s softer, richer and more accessible despite the big tannins that will enable the wine to age. Flavorwise, you’ll find a delicious mélange of blackberry, cherry, plum, coffee and herb flavors that are intricate and complexed by flashy new oak. Drink now through 2014.
This is the winery’s basic Cabernet, a blend of five vineyards on the mountain. It’s a smooth, elegant, classic mountain Cab, that’s dry and tannic, with delicious blackberry, currant and sweet-smoky oak flavors. It’s right up there with Von Strasser’s vineyard-designated wines that cost nearly twice as much, which makes it a great value.
Von Strasser has a good track record with this wine, and the ’05 is right up there with the best, but be forewarned. It’s very tannic. But then, it is from Diamond Mountain. Give it a good 4 years, at least, to throw some sediment and let the rich blackberry and black currant flavors emerge. Should hold well for 15 years.
Smooth and supple texture frames this sleek and complex wine that is both elegant and powerful. It offers a fine blend of blackberry, cassis, anise, spice, herb and toasty oak flavors that fan out on the long finish.
Fairly tannic now, with a tart, dusty bite of grape skin, and also hefty in acidity. Underneath all that are ripe currant and cassis flavors. This is an age worthy wine that should develop great complexity after 2010.
A luscious wine that merges Cabernet’s tough, mountain personality with softer, more chocolaty notes to produce a smooth, polished wine. Complex in flavor, young in acids and tannins, it should age well through this decade, but is nice now with sturdy fare.
The winery’s basic Cab, with no vineyard designation, shares the qualities of the more expensive bottlings. It’s dry and tannic and ultraconcentrated in varietal character, with explosive cassis, cherry and new oak flavors. Impresses now for its luxurious mouthfeel, and should develop through 2013.