Saturday, July 6, 2013
2004 Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon
My wine contribution to the party was a 2004 Steltzner Vineyards Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The wine had been resting comfortably in the cellar for a few years since I received it as a gift. From a liquid perspective it was the hit of the party.
The color was deep and dark. The wine was closed for a minute or so before fruity aromas began to develop. With some swirling and waiting there were dark cherries and strawberries, a bit of vanilla and a hint of cinnamon in the nose. There was full throttled flavors of cherries, both dark and red. This was not a wimpy wine as there was considerable body to it. Firm tannins from oak and a surprisingly high amount of acid held this one together. At the very end a bit of tart cherries showed up, followed by just a bit if heat. Nicely balanced wine that was great with pulled pork.
2004 Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District. 15.1% alcohol. Price $