Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2017 Steele Zinfandel Pacini Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Jed Steele has been making wine in California for almost 50 years and 2017 is the 25th anniversary of Steele Wines in Lake County. Jed started in the cellar in 1968 at Stony Hill in the Napa Valley. After he earned his enology degree at UC Davis he ended up at Edmeades in the Anderson Valley, then started Kendall-Jackson in Lake County.

Pacini Vineyard is situated in Mendocino County in the hills above Talmage. Planted in 1940 the vineyard is comprised of 25 acres of Zinfandel, 2 acres of Petite Sirah and 1 acre of Carignane.

Crimson in color. 15.2% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, baking spices, licorice and flowers. Well balanced. Medium body with ample acidity. Claret style, with restrained but ever present fruits. Cranberry, raspberry and blood orange on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Delicious, easy to drink and attractively priced. Much to like here. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 90 points.

I don’t run across the Steele wines often but they are always well made and a fairly priced. Let me know if you are a fan.

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2 thoughts on “2017 Steele Zinfandel Pacini Vineyard – Bottle Notes

  1. Didn’t Shannon buy Steele recently? I think Steele is gone and Shannon is getting rid of his wine that was on hand. In mid-April Costco was selling his Catfish zin and one of his pinot noirs (not a very good one).

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