Saturday, March 05, 2005

Quick Swirl: Steltzner Claret 2001 (NW)

Steltzner Claret 2001:

Berries and plum on the nose
Fruity, fleshy texture and some earthiness on the palate
Hint of floral sweetness on the silky finish

I have tasted this wine before, at an excellent restaurant (Matthew's in Jacksonville, FL) as part of a tasting menu. I remember enjoying it but couldn't find it for months in any store. It came as a surprise when I stumbled on a few bottles, so I brought a bottle home for $18. The wine is a decent offering from Steltzner, who is known for Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab). A Claret is a term the British coined for Bordeaux wines, many of which are based on Cab. This Steltzner Claret is the winery's tribute to "Bordeaux-style" blending, and it delivers a nice experience at a nice price. Raise a glass!

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