Steele Wines Lake County
Jed Steele has enormous experience of the wine business in California, having previously been the founding winemaker at KENDALL-JACKSON. He established his own label in 1991 and he now produces an extensive range of reds and whites, with the top-of-the-line examples coming from an almost bewildering array of single-vineyard sources.
These are not only impressive and stylish but represent very good value for money. Chardonnay is on the one hand rich and opulent, on the other balanced by a fine mineral undercurrent, and there is an unusual late-harvest example produced from very low yields. The reds are supple, well-structured and accessible at a young age. They will however develop well in bottle. Writers Block and Shooting Star are the winery’s secondary labels, providing good fruit-driven wines at very fair prices. Often these will be ★, sometimes ★★ plus wines. The top label is Steele Stymie from which a Merlot and Syrah are produced which are not expensive (£E). (DM)
To find out more about Steele and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)