Wednesday, March 25, 2009

STELTZNER CLARET NAPA VALLEY 2006

The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: The Steltzner Claret 2006 is an inexpensive blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that comes from Napa Valley, yet doesn’t have that Napa Valley markup. Intoxicating aromas of dark plums and black cherries intermixed with cola, mocha and cedar in the nose. Its presence on the palate demonstrates rich, concentrated plum, blackberry and black cherry notes, followed up by hints of vanilla bean and creamy, toasty oak. The tannins are supple yet dry, and the grip is substantial for this under $20 red. This wine could certainly be heralded as a recession-buster, mainly because there isn’t a lot of good wine out there with the Napa Valley name, and a price tag under $20.

Did I mention this was under $20?

1 comment:

dean2004z said...

Here, here. The comments on this wine are spot on. An incredible value. One of the best wines I've had under $20 in some time.