Dakota Shy

Steltzner Barrel Selection
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 29
Vintage: 2021

Dakota Shy

Steltzner Barrel Selection

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced


  • A selection of the finest barrel of our 2021 Steltzner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • A classic, luscious Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon that is remarkable for its nuance and precision
  • Synonymous with the Stags Leap District, the Steltzner Vineyard was first planted in the 1960s
  • A historic site that produces exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon—still owned and farmed by the Steltzner family


Old Napa Valley soul is imbued in our special bottling of the Steltzner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a classic Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon from the Steltzner family’s historic vineyard. We began working with the Steltzner Vineyard in 2021 and are thrilled with the results of that first vintage. Dick Steltzner began farming this 30-acre site in the Stags Leap District nested appellation in the mid-1960s. In the late 1970s he went on to establish his own winery. Steltzner is synonymous with Stags Leap—Dick was responsible for planting and maintaining a number of the vineyards in the nested appellation in the 1970s and 1980s. While Dick is still involved, his daughter, Allison Steltzner, has taken over much of the day-to-day management of the vineyard. It was our friendship with Allison and her husband Sam that led to our good fortune of getting Cabernet Sauvignon from them. Located on the eastern slopes of the Stags Leap District, Steltzner Vineyard is an early ripening site despite being in a slightly cooler, southern nested appellation for Napa Valley. Well-drained and benefiting from the warm afternoon sunshine, the vineyard sets fruit early and is early to harvest. Stylistically, Stags Leap District produces perfumed, red-fruited Cabernet Sauvignons that are prized for their nuance and precision.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Tom Garrett

Winemaker, Dakota Shy

Winemaker, Tom Garrett

Tom's family roots in Napa Valley stretch back to the early 1950s when his great-grandmother purchased a historic Oakville vineyard property within the famed To-Kalon Vineyard. 50 years later, Tom began Detert Family Vineyard wines, named after his great-grandmother and made from his family's Oakville vineyard. Over the past 15 years Tom honed his craft working alongside other great winemakers and mentors at Turley Wine Cellars, Joseph Phelps Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery and Revana Family Vineyard. Tom continues to make his family's highly regarded Detert wines.

Dakota Shy is a thrilling opportunity to work with a great friend and business partner and make wines from some of Napa Valley's most exceptional vineyard sources. With Dakota Shy, Tom is crafting Cabernets in league with the best in the valley and pushing the boundaries of quality and precision.

Country born: USA

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
We are passionate about how we live, where we live and the wines and people that define our valley. We strive to make the greatest Cabernets we are capable of in order to showcase our appreciation for the land and legacy of Napa. Blessed with great friends and partners in the Napa Valley, we have been fortunate to assemble an outstanding portfolio of vineyards whose grapes are the foundation of our wines. Those vineyards and the people who work them are key to the outstanding quality we are able to put into bottle.

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Winery Distribution


  • Switzerland(Andreas Putzi)
  • Japan(CWC)
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