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This wine is very similar to the wines that I tasted in Austria more than 25 years ago. Unlike other Steele and Shoot...Read more...
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The Lyon vineyard is the first of the two to come into the winery just about 10 days prior to the Dorn vineyard Pinot Noir. The Lyon and Dorn Vineyard lots are brought in separately and are fermented in stainless tanks and barrel aged in French and Hungarian barrels, of which 20% are new, for roughly 9 months. The final blend consists of equal portions of the two.
This wine is very similar to the wines that I tasted in Austria more than 25 years ago. Unlike other Steele and Shooting Star red wine bottlings, our Blue Franc receives little, or no, oak aging. Some liken our Blue Franc, depending on vintage, to Pinot Noir in lighter years and Zinfandel in the riper vintages. Sometimes it is totally akin to a top-flight Gamay from Beaujolais. The wine is clean, crisp, and unpretentious with tons of fruit, including warm berry pie, complementing the traces of pepper, almond, cherry and cinnamon. Our Shooting Star Blue Franc has soft tannins, medium body, great color and is the perfect red wine to enjoy over the summer with any festive occasion. It is excellent with appetizers, cheeses, BBQ, and picnics. Recently we had the opportunity to try the Blue Franc on the deck with a toasted sandwich of smoked chicken, grilled onion, and avocado – quintessentially quaffable!
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