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Steele Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard Mendocino 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Super spicy nose on the nose which shows a little caramel oak influence and candied cherry aromas. Rather tense on entry and firm. even a bit lean with lots of cranberry and sour cherry fruit supported by light tannins and bit of wood spice on the finish, which shows modest length. Today this is understated, classic old Claret style Zinfandel with hints of pepper and spice slowly adding detail to the fresh fruit and cedar accents. This should improve with age. 89pts

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Steele Wines:
At Steele Wines we have a minimalist winemaking style in that we use standard, non-GMO yeasts, natural fermentations, no extra additives or enzymes. We use a gentle pumpover during fermentations, inert gas to move the finished wines, and use gravity flow rather than pumping as much as possible. The use of gentle pumping and gravity flow decreases the chance of bruising the wine during cellar mo... Read more
At Steele Wines we have a minimalist winemaking style in that we use standard, non-GMO yeasts, natural fermentations, no extra additives or enzymes. We use a gentle pumpover during fermentations, inert gas to move the finished wines, and use gravity flow rather than pumping as much as possible. The use of gentle pumping and gravity flow decreases the chance of bruising the wine during cellar movement and is important to keeping fresh aromas and flavors in our wines. From hand picked grapes to gentle processing and our own bottling facility we know how our grapes are cared for from vineyard to bottle. We believe a lighter hand in the winemaking will highlight the aromas and the flavors of the quality fruit we source. We source fruit from as far away as Santa Barbara County to Washington State, to as close as next door, to give our customers a quality product they can enjoy everyday without paying ‘quality prices’. After the grapes are harvested they are kept in their individual vineyard lots until blending time, which is just before bottling so that integrity of each vineyard shows through in the wines. The fruit we source for the Steele label is the same as Shooting Star. The Shooting Star wines are more appellation blends and off- the - wall varietals that are fermented in stainless or aged in oak for a shorter period of time to ensure bright, fruit forward wines that are meant to be enjoyed while young. The Steele label wines are single vineyard designates or specific vineyard blends that age in oak for a longer period of time and are meant to drink soon or will hold up for 8-10 years of proper cellaring or longer. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Steele Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard Mendocino

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.00 5
05/28/2014

Super spicy nose on the nose which shows a little caramel oak influence and candied cherry aromas. Rather tense on entry and firm. even a bit lean with lots of cranberry and sour cherry fruit supported by light tannins and bit of wood spice on the finish, which shows modest length. Today this is understated, classic old Claret style Zinfandel with hints of pepper and spice slowly adding detail to the fresh fruit and cedar accents. This should improve with age. 89pts


Member Reviews for Steele Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard Mendocino

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
05/28/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: GretzkyU2Yanks
176189523
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/07/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: mrroberto
75143446
2.50 5
Vintage: 1998 02/15/2011

I found this obscure little Zin at a local store. A couple of cases had been bought at a wine auction. For $14 bucks I said what the heck...The cork was still in good condition and smelled great..after a half hour of breathing it was on first taste a pleasant suprise. Its youthful fruit has mellowed and the color in the glass shows the goldeness of age yet it has held up nicely. Smooth mellow with a touch of spice left at the end is a nice drink on a Tuesday afternoon.


External Reviews for Steele Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard Mendocino

External Review
Vintage: 2006 08/31/2011

Delivers a keen sense of place, with ripe plum and sassafras aromas and supple, balanced wild berry and smoky pepper flavors that linger on the finish. Rated 90+


External Review
Vintage: 2006 07/06/2011

WS 90 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Delivers a keen sense of place, with ripe plum and sassafras aromas and supple, balanced wild berry and smoky pepper flavors that linger on the finish. Rated 90+



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