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Steltzner Vineyards Claret Napa Valley 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"Beautiful full fruit balanced with dark toasted oak notes. Classic Bordeaux blend with just enough Merlot and Cabernet Franc to give the underlying Cabernet Sauvignon finesse and grace. Dark berry fruits with hints of cedar box on the finish. Our Claret bottling is always a fun labor of love. This wine allows us not only to utilize our estate S tags Leap vineyard fruit but also allows us to work with other Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Vineyards from throughout the southern portion of the Napa Valley." -Winery

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Steltzner Vineyards:
Richard Steltzner established his first Stags Leap District Vineyards in 1965 while concurrently engaging in vineyards management. Steltzner Vineyards' first commercial release was in 1977, and the Steltzner Family established their own modest facility in 1983, with a 3,000 case capacity here in the Stags Leap District. In 1989, Dick & Christine Steltzner began the expansion of their winery ... Read more
Richard Steltzner established his first Stags Leap District Vineyards in 1965 while concurrently engaging in vineyards management. Steltzner Vineyards' first commercial release was in 1977, and the Steltzner Family established their own modest facility in 1983, with a 3,000 case capacity here in the Stags Leap District. In 1989, Dick & Christine Steltzner began the expansion of their winery with a 710 foot underground storage tunnel, which has allowed increased volume as well as enhancing the quality and characteristics of wine storage. In 1992, the expansion was completed with a Mediterranean style structure providing a new laboratory, special event room, offices and reception area for winery visitors. Today at Steltzner Vineyards you will find Dick's children working with him to carry on his legacy here in the Napa Valley. Allison Steltzner began working with her father full-time in 2002 after completing her Bachelor of Sciences Degree at Chico State, majoring in business administration, with a minor in marketing. Allison is uniquely suited for her post as General Manager and National Sales Director for Steltzner Vineyards. Today, she is joined by Justin, as the second generation Steltzner family to work full time in the winery. Justin carries on his father's farming traditions and works side by side with Dick to manage the ranch and produce optimal fruit from our estate. Their sister Laura makes her home in Casablanca, Morocco with her fiancee working in the cosmetics business. Read less

External Reviews for Steltzner Vineyards Claret Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/05/2014

Winemakers notes:Classic Bordeaux blend with just enough Merlot and Petit Verdot to give the underlying Cabernet Sauvignon finesse and grace. Aromas of rich ripe fruit, raspberry jam, hints of cedar box on the finish. - WineryBlend:65% Cabernet Sauvignon30% Merlot5% Petit VerdotSteltzner Vineyards & Stags Leap District:Steltzner Vineyards is located in the Stags Leap District where we farm 30 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small amounts of Sangiovese, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Our family has owned this property since 1965. We currently make our wine at Folio Custom Crush and source only grapes from throughout Napa Valley to create our Claret blend.The Story of Claret:Eleanor, Queen of Aquitaine, divorced Louis VII of France and married Henry II of England (1152), securing Aquitaine independence from France. The English had grown fond of Claret, the principal export of Aquitaine province, Bordeaux. Spawned from these events, the 100-year war (1337-1453) ensued over ...


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Winemakers notes:Classic Bordeaux blend with just enough Merlot and Petit Verdot to give the underlying Cabernet Sauvignon finesse and grace. Aromas of rich ripe fruit, raspberry jam, hints of cedar box on the finish. - WineryBlend:65% Cabernet Sauvignon30% Merlot5% Petit VerdotSteltzner Vineyards & Stags Leap District:Steltzner Vineyards is located in the Stags Leap District where we farm 30 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small amounts of Sangiovese, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Our family has owned this property since 1965. We currently make our wine at Folio Custom Crush and source only grapes from throughout Napa Valley to create our Claret blend.The Story of Claret:Eleanor, Queen of Aquitaine, divorced Louis VII of France and married Henry II of England (1152), securing Aquitaine independence from France. The English had grown fond of Claret, the principal export of Aquitaine province, Bordeaux. Spawned from these events, the 100-year war (1337-1453) ensued over womens property rights and Claret. This historic merchants wine reached its popularity zenith the 19th century England, Claret emerged as the fashionable beverage of choice. In the English quest of leisure and sociability, it was served in the afternoons at the grand estates and manor houses.Fermentation: 9-14 days averageBarrel Ageing: 16 months Mixed French OakTA: .56PH.: 3.72Alcohol: 14.6%



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"Beautiful full fruit balanced with dark toasted oak notes. Classic Bordeaux blend with just enough Merlot and Cabernet Franc to give the underlying Cabernet Sauvignon finesse and grace. Dark berry fruits with hints of cedar box on the finish. Our Claret bottling is always a fun labor of love. This wine allows us not only to utilize our estate S tags Leap vineyard fruit but also allows us to work with other Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Vineyards from throughout the southern portion of the Napa Valley." -Winery

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