Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to von Strasser Winery, a wine Spies Operative favorite. Procure their 2011 “Rudy” Sauvignon Blanc, a brilliant Super QPR summertime wine. Secure as many cases as possible.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: von Strasser Winery
Wine Subject: 2011 Rudy Sauvignon Blanc – Napa Valley
Winemaker: Rudy von Strasser
Backgrounder: Best known for its exceptional, ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, von Strasser Winery sits stop Napa Valley’s high-elevation, on Diamond Mountain. von Strasser Cabs are revered for their elegance and exceptional quality. Having recently wontwo perfect 100 Point scores for their Cabernets, von Strasser wines are in hot demand.
von Strasser’s Rudy label shares the remarkable pedigree with the winery’s signature von Strasser label. Rudy wines are crafted with the same care and superior winemaking.
Winery Backgrounder: von Strasser winery is located in the Diamond District AVA (American Viticultural Area) at the northern tip of the Napa Valley. The higher elevation of the region sees more direct sunlight and less cooling that the rest of the valley, leading to the production of some of the most sought after Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the entire Napa Valley.
Look – Light golden yellow, from core to edge, with perfect clarity. When spun, the wine settles quickly, leaving behind tall columns of slow-moving skinny legs that start high on the glass.
Smell – Before even listing the glass to the nose, aromas of citrus and green melon leap from the glass. Inhale the wine up close and find green apple, freshly cut lemongrass, yellow straw and lemon curd.
Feel – Soft and round, on entry. At the mid-palate, the wine takes on a vibrant, refreshing, medium-structured feel with a defined mineral edginess to it at the corners of the mouth. After the wine passes the palate, it introduces a hint of dryness that spreads from the edges of the palate, inward toward the center.
Taste – Bright and light with citrus, young (underripe) white peach, young pear, lemon zest and a hint of pineapple. As the wine warms, even just a little, additional flavors of white flower petals, lemongrass, key lime, flinty minerals and a subtle hint of dried herbs.
Finish – Very long and full of bright flavors, with citrus fruit giving way to white flowers that slowly yield to flint and very subtle dried herbs.
Conclusion – We love you, Rudy von Strasser! Thank you for crafting a super-quality Sauvignon Blanc that drinks like a far higher-priced wine. Today’s superb 2011 Rudy Sauvignon Blanc_ is a delicious, refreshing, complex wine that our tasting panel unanimously agreed was the best under-$20 Sauvignon Blanc* any of us had ever tasted. We’ve always been enamored of Rudy’s wines and, in fact, von Strasser wines hold a handful of spots in our Top 20 Best-Selling Wines of all time. One sip of today’s wine and you’ll understand why Rudy’s wines are so popular. Oh, and you’ll also be hooked. This wine is extraordinarily food-friendly. Pair with sea food or a spicy Thai meal. We paired ours with freshly made grill pan pizza with lemon and olive oil-tossed arugula, sliced dried figs, Gorgonzola and prosciutto. This pairing was sheer heaven!