Jed Steele’s passion for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel lead to the creation of Steele Wines. Jed's primary focus is on vineyard-specific wines from his own estate vineyards, and from other vineyards he has worked with since the 1970s, Jed believes that the Steele wines exemplify the varietal correctness and characteristics of the appellations they represent. Steele wines continues to fly under the radar as one of California's foremost producers.
The Sangiacomo family farms the southern part of Sonoma County in the area known as Carneros. For many years this was just grazing land, thought to be too cold for the production of fine quality wine grapes. To look at the land one would agree that grapes should not do well here: the heavy adobe clay soil and the lack of sun seemed to contradict the accepted viticultural wisdom. However, for varieties that do best in cooler conditions, like Pinot Noir, this is the place.
Jed has worked with the Pinot Noir from Sangiacomo since his vintage in 1991. Each year he chooses the best lots and produces a single vineyard bottling in exceptional years and the Green Acres block has long been one of Jed Steele’s favorites.
Aging: 16 months in 20% new French Oak.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Pinot Noir. This is a beautiful, and consistent expression of Pinot Noir: medium color and the pronounced aroma of Bing cherries, combined with a smooth structure and perfect balance. Of the lightest and brightest Steele Pinot Noirs with unmatched elegance and lingering finish. Grilled salmon is a great pairing for this wine, but as always pairing this wine with good friends is a great idea.
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