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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Steltzner Vineyards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate (Stags Leap District)

Steltzner Vineyards

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate
(Stags Leap District ~ Napa Valley)

As with Steltzner’s 2003 Merlot priced at $26, this Cabernet has got to be one of the best prices of the year out of the Napa Valley; especially when one considers that the grapes are from the highly regarded Stags Leap District and that the average bottle of Napa red averages about $50.

The wine is lovely and soft with black fruit aromas. On the palate there’s blackberry and blueberry flavors with a richness and elegance. This is a world-class Cabernet that shows much restraint despite a substantial backbone of fine-grained tannins for long-term aging. Hold onto it for a year and then drink it over the next 20 years.

Part of the reason why this producer can sell its wines at such reasonable prices is that it sources its fruit from its own vineyard, and that the proportion of new wood used is typically low (although I don’t know the exact percentage of new barrels used for this wine). The wine spent 20 months aging in French oak and was bottled with a listed alcohol of 14.3 percent.

Reviewed April 11, 2007 by Alan Goldfarb.

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The Wine

Winery: Steltzner Vineyards
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Stags Leap District ~ Napa Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (95%), Cabernet Franc (3%), Merlot (2%)
Price: 750ml $36.00

Review Date: 4/11/2007

The Reviewer

Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.