Lush aromas of big red fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla and supple spices entice the taste-buds. Dense flavors of dark berries and cocoa nib lead into an elegant, impeccably balanced finish of caramel, pie spice, pepper, and sweet Cuban tobacco.
The final blend was assembled with the best lots of Petit Verdot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Malbec (10%) and Merlot (10%).
97 points, Wine Enthusiast “Cellar Selection” (November 2010): “Napa Bordeaux-style wines don’t get much richer than this. It is, extraordinary…So rich, so ripe in fruit, and yet so brilliantly balanced in tannins and acidity…Really world-class…”
92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Aug.10): “Any who might doubt the reality of terroir need look no further than these von Strasser...This particular bottling shows a slight boost in muscle with loads of extracted fruit and distinctive touches of walnuts, coffee and olives..."
A mere 172 cases were made.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.