Von Strasser Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec
This portion of the winery's vineyard always yields Cabernets of enormous concentration with hard tannins. The 2009 is a classic, detonating in the mouth with laserlike blackberry and cassis flavors, to which new oak brings additional richness of smoky cedar. It’s really a beautiful wine, but very tannic, even by Von Strasser standards.
Von Strasser contracts six acres of the 15 at this vineyard dating to 1968, one of the early plantings on Diamond Mountain. It has the cool, zesty richness the region's best sites can give, brisk and breezy, grounded by savory tannins as mellow as melted chocolate. Decant it for something as rich as braised beef cheeks.
Good deep, dark red. Aromas of redcurrant, mocha and tobacco come across as riper than the preceding samples, perhaps due to this vineyard's southern exposition. A step up in texture on the palate, with more sweetness and depth and a whiff of minerality to the rich redcurrant, red cherry, licorice and soil flavors. Finishes with suave tannins and noteworthy persistence. This is more like it!
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Delightfully playful yet at its best capable of impressive gravitas...
Delightfully playful yet at its best capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-flavored wines in Beaujolais and parts of the Loire Valley. It has received some criticism for its role in Beaujolais Nouveau, a young beverage more reminiscent of fruit punch than wine. But make no mistake—the Gamay grape is very capable of producing light yet serious wines, especially in the cru villages of Beaujolais. The variety is also widely planted in Savoie and Switzerland, and has recently found success on a small but growing scale in Oregon.
In the Glass
Though delicious on its own, Gamay is the quintessential picnic red and goes well with simple charcuterie, country pate, and terrines. With a light chill, it is an outstanding partner for oysters. Gentle tannins and bright acidity make it a great option with spicy Asian food. It can also be a great pairing with poultry, especially duck or Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.
Gamay is delicious on its own, especially with a light chill. It is the quintessential picnic red and goes well with simple charcuterie, country pate, and terrines. Served at a cool temperature, it is an unexpected but outstanding partner for freshly shucked oysters. Gentle tannins and bright acidity make it a great option with Asian food, even dishes with a bit of a spicy kick. Gamay can also be a great pairing with poultry, especially duck or Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.
Within Beaujolais, there are ten different crus, or highly ranked grape-growing communes. Each one has its own distinct personality—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant, and Morgon is serious, structured, and age-worthy, capable of rivaling some red Burgundies.