2014 Von Strasser "Rudy" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir SKU #1260174


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Tasting Notes

Named for founder Rudy von Strasser, the "Rudy" label is best known around here for top-quality, well-priced Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Look for fine tannins that complement good acidity and rich, red fruit flavors. 2014 is the 25th vintage for the von Strasser winery, during which time they've won the "Winery of the Year" award from Wine and Spirits magazine an astonishing 12 times.

Staff Reviews

  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    I thought the 2013 Pinot was a wonderful, near-term great drinker, but this 2014 absolutely steals the show. Rich in appearance and color, this highly refined, well-structured Pinot shows incredible aromas of strawberry, dried-rose-like petals in a Burgundian sense to forest floor qualities on the nose, that carry over exceptionally well to a long, complex, rich, viscous, deeply flavored palate impression. A broad mid-range, this is an outstanding Pinot Gem at a ridiculously low price that is obviously meant for near-term consumption, although I thoroughly believe that it will age nicely and improve well beyond that [five to ten years+++]. Rusty wants at least two cases of this Gem in our wine room. GREAT VALUE; DON’T MISS THIS WONDERFUL PINOT! ***** 14.2% ABV *****
    Drink from 2016 to 2025
  • Kelsey McNellis
    By: Kelsey McNellis
    K&L Staff Member
    A delicious California Pinot that is not overly sweet and provides a great balance of raspberry and strawberry notes with hints of white pepper. This light to medium-bodied wine has the fruity notes of Pinots from this region but is packed with a punch on the finish. At this price point, this could be your go-to everyday drinking wine or to bring to your next party! Don't miss out on this great value.


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