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2011 Steele Pacini Zinfandel  


reg $19.99 / $14.99 SPECIAL OFFER!



Awarded Double Gold, Best of Region, & BEST ZINFANDEL IN CALIFORNIA!!!



Classic 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.



The 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.






After 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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