Saturday, July 6, 2013

2004 Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon

There was a good party for Independence Day on July 4, despite the fact that we had five inches of rain during the afternoon and evening.  We simply moved the dining indoors and waited for a break in the rain to launch the fireworks.

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 $

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