"This wine is known for its spicy, brambly and mildly tarry character. This vintage is no exception. The nose has the...Read more...
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"This wine is known for its spicy, brambly and mildly tarry character. This vintage is no exception. The nose has the previously mentioned characteristics in addition to a bacon (or pancetta) and a white pepper element. The palate is full of berries, spice and a hint of cola, with a dusty chocolaty finish. The wine has great structure, is well balanced, and has a nice finish.After 25 years of crafting Zinfandel from thePacini 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 if necessary 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. " -Winery
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