Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


We first came across Steltzner Cab when we owned a liquor store several years ago. We drank a bottle for “homework” and found it to be a respectable envoy from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley in an easy-to-sell $30 price range. While Stags Leap has long been well-regarded in the wine community, the district became more well-known to the general public through the movie “Bottle Shock” in which the wine competition “Judgment of Paris” was portrayed. We bought a few cases for ourselves and have been polishing them off one by one for the last four years.

Through the years the wine has gained some sediment and acquired a slight amount of brick coloring, but overall the ruby hue still has some sparkle. A sip before decanting reveals a tightness and lack of fruit. After aeration, the nose opens up to reveal aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and fresh herbs. The mid-palate incorporates currants and blackberry, along with dark chocolate. The lushness of the fruit strays a bit towards tartness, but then is saved by the aged oak tannins in a long dry finish.

We’ll have to try the 2012 vintage to see how it compares!

Published by J Reilly

I've been writing the Boozy Lifestyle blog since 2014 and recently expanded upon it to create my new book, Boozy Lifestyle: Elevate The Everyday With Booze As Your Muse. The book is a collection of stories celebrating and inspiring everyday life with entertaining tales of wine, food, booze, travel, and family, and including over 50 food and drink recipes. Visit me on Twitter at J Reilly@Boozy_Lifestyle or

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