Von Strasser Winery
Diamond Mountain District
Calistoga, California, U.S.A.
$39.43 -- Spec's, Austin, TX
Color: Dark cherry red
Nose: Stewed plum, herbes de provence, black cherry pipe tobacco
Front: Sour cherry
Middle: Roasted fig, orange
Back: Toasted spices, soft tannins
Burns clean?: Yes
I got this wine on a bit of a sale; I'd heard good things about the house, and loved a Diamond Mountain cab that I had at Sattui's Castello di Amoroso a couple of years ago.
This isn't a huge wine, but it's complex, and evolves in an interesting (though not quite distracting) way as it opens up. The nose is delightful; like the palate, it combines fruit and herb elements in a seductive way.