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Friday, May 7, 2010

Great Values in St. Louis Wines: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

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Splurge 2006 Lewelling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($54)

Stettner cut his wine teeth on top-flight Napa Valley cabernets, and his ardor hasn't cooled. "I loved the '01 and '02 vintages of this wine," he says, explaining that he'd picked them up for his personal cellar from this tiny producer (fewer than 1,500 cases total) near St. Helena. When the winery made a bit available in Missouri this year, Stettner says, "I grabbed what I could."

OK, it's not cheap, but it's not expensive when compared to its peers, and Stettner has a point when he says it "offers a great value for high-end Napa cabernet."

It just so happened that Stettner had a bottle open, which, as far as Gut Check was concerned, offered the greatest possible value. This is indeed a truly elegant Napa cabernet: plenty of oak, coupled with a rich but not overpowering plumminess. If you're feeling even splurgier, Stettner has a small stash of Lewelling's cabernet from the Wight vineyard ($80). "It's a real treat," he promises.

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