Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa, Red blends, Red wine

Steltzner Claret 2007

Winemaker: Tim Dolven
Grape: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
Region: Steags Leap District, Napa California

The fruit for this wine was sourced throughout the southern portion of Napa Valley. As grapes were ripen and harvested, each of the blocks were processed separately.

The wine than aged for 16 months in French oak. The winery flagship wine Cabernet Sauvignon that comes directly from their Stags Leap vineyard, received a high rating of 90 points in its category among few other labels, mostly 3-4 times more expensive than Steltzner.

Tasting notes:
Rich aroma of ripe plum and black cherries. Wine will offer you a mouthful of blackberries flavors in combination with mocha and smoothed out by light touch of vanilla and creamy, toasty oak. Generous tannins are promising a long, velvety finish.

Coming from Napa, but without the usual price tag, this wine is some of the best I had from this region for under $ 20.00 price tag. Picking a Claret (blend) instead of Cabernet Sauvignon from the same region is also a very wise way to get the same high quality wines but save significant amount of money. This one could be definitely considered as a recession-buster!

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 20.00

Ideal food pairing:
Steak, grilled barbeque meats, pork chops, bitter chocolate, aged cheeses

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