2011 Steele Pacini Zinfandel
reg $19.99 / $14.99 SPECIAL OFFER!
Awarded Double Gold, Best of Region, & BEST ZINFANDEL IN CALIFORNIA!!!
Zinfandel - full bodied, with great structure, balance and a long
finish. Characteristic nose of spice and blueberry with notes of smoke
and a white pepper element. The palate is full of berries, a hint of
caramel, with a dusty chocolate finish.
Pacini Family planted this vineyard circa 1940 on the western foothills
of the Mayacamas Mountains in Mendocino County. This beautiful old
vineyard is head-pruned as are most Zinfandel vineyards of the era.
Steele Wines purchased the vineyard in 1998 from the Pacini Family.
Since then we have been refurbishing the vineyard and replacing vines
in the positions where the old vines have died. The location of the
vineyard prevents us from irrigating or frost protecting due to the
limited water supply. This provides for the intense flavors and aromas
in this low yielding Zinfandel.
25 years of crafting Zinfandel from the Pacini Vineyard, Jed has
determined that the best method of harvesting the grapes is over a
two-week period based on exposure. Due to the rolling topography of
the vineyard and the many different facing slopes, we pick the grapes
in several lots, as they become ripe. These lots are kept separate
through the fermentation and barrel aging processes; they are only
blended again just prior to bottling. This allows us to declassify
portions of one or more of the lots to the Shooting Star Mendocino
Zinfandel in order to maintain the integrity of this old vine Zin. As
is our house style, we keep the temperatures on our fermentations
moderate to develop the color and flavors inherent in the wine. We
aged the Steele Pacini Vineyard Zinfandel in American oak barrels for
12 months, using 25% new barrels and 75% neutral barrels. This
selection of oak allows us to maximize the fruit component while
rounding out the structure of the wine.
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