Steele Wines

(707) 279-9475 4350 Thomas Dr.
Kelseyville, CA 95451
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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 Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Not much grown in CA - it's a grape that does well in slightly cooler areas and too many people think that Pinot Noir is the only grape worth considering when you get to that category. I think that's mostly because of marketing and because people just don't taste very many grapes other than the top ten.In any case, the literal translation is Blu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • I need some help finding a under $15 Merlot.  For years my go-to Merlot was Clos du Bois North Coast because it had soft tannins, lush red/dark fruit and a silky mouthfeel/finish.  The '12 and '13 vintages had a spice component that I didn't like so Merlot, hasn't been in my lineup.  I recently tried an Old World Merlot, Clos de la Moriette, whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In Need a Merlot Recommendation


  • When we talk about Zinfandel we often tend to focus on those most familiar to ... the circle. Jed Steele of Steele wines made that 1981 Edmeades DuPratt Zin I loved so much. Glad to be able to try the combination of winemaker and site once again, and I’m looking forward to many more examples coming down the road from this esteemed vineyards an... Read More

    From the article Unheralded Zinfandel


  • Steele Zinfandel Catfish Vineyard Century Vines Lake County 2010

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    Oak, lavender, wild cherry and clay soil tones come together on the gentle nose. Rough and plump in the mouth but not that large scaled with creamy milk chocolate and subtle cigar box accents adding complexity on the midpalate. Very easy to drink with mostly sweet wood spice on the modest finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Steele Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard Mendocino 2011

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    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 wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • So my wife loves zins but we really like a velvety mouth feel with some good fruit.  Right now our favorite is The Zin by Cosentino.  If anyone has recommendations my wife is starting to sware off all other booze except this zin so help me out.  We are open to other reds as well. Read More

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  • Steele Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by jadam318


  • Steele Wines Shooting Star Zinfandel Shooting Star 2005

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    For an inexpensive wine past it's time, this drinks well. Tart with little aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mattvreeland


  • Steele Wines Pinot Noir Carneros 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by kadlena


  • Steele Wines Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard United States-California-Santa Barbara 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by kadlena


  • Steele reds are consistently excellent. Steele is known for vineyard designated Zins, with good reason, but some of the Shooting Star reds are a fantastic value. I am thinking of the Syrah and the Barbera at the moment.

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