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Wine Reviews

Steele Wine consistently receives high marks from leading wine and food publications. The following are examples of recent reviews for our wines.


Dallas Morning News - Writer's Block Counoise 2011

Wine panel seeks perfect complement for Beef Bourguignon
03:03 PM CDT on Tuesday, October 27, 2009
By TINA DANZE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

2007 Writer's Block Counoise, California

($13.99 Sigel's)


This rare, Rhone-style varietal surprised the panel as an approachable, easy-drinking wine that showed a very berry character with the dish. "It's got the lure of earthiness, but a fresh, clean style," said Hammett. "It's a balanced wine that's not overtly assertive." Werley added: "It's not overly tannic or high in alcohol, but it's got enough acidity to round out everything in the dish." A fun wine match, it's an exotic grape but a familiar style of wine. Howald also liked the pairing, and found it a fun opportunity to explore a new varietal.

Mendocino County Fair - Steele Chardonnay Dupratt Vineyard 2008

Gold Medal

Steele, 06 Chardonnay, "DuPratt Vineyard"

Steele, 06 Zinfandel, Mendocino County

  

Silver Medal

Steele, 05 Zinfandel, "DuPratt Vineyard"

Shooting Star, 07 Chardonnay

Shooting Star, 07 Zinfandel, Mendocino County

Colorado Wine News - Writer's Block Grenache 2010

Check out this recent article in The Colorado Wine News featuring several Steele and Writer's Block wines.

San Francisco Chronicle - Shooting Star Zinfandel Lake County 2008

Well-fruited but restrained ripe berry and lovely spice.  With 13.5 percent alcohol, this wine will compliment your summer grilling.
San Francisco Chronicle “The Chronicle Recommends” by Lynne Char Bennett July 19, 2009

San Francisco International Wine Competition - Writer's Block Petite Sirah 2009

Gold Medal

Writer's Block, 06 Petite Sirah

Steele, 06 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

  

Silver Medal

Shooting Star, 06 Merlot

Shooting Star, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon

Steele, 05 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Red Hills Lake County"

Steele, 07 Chardonnay, "Steele Cuvee"

Writer's Block, 07 Counoise

Steele, 07 Viognier

Steele, 07 Pinot Blanc

Shooting Star, 07 Zinfandel, Lake County

 

Bronze Medal

Steele, 06 Merlot

Steele, 07 Aligote

Writer's Block, 07 Cabernet Franc

Writer's Block, 07 Roussanne

Steele, 05 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard "Block N"

Steele, 05 Zinfandel, DuPratt Vineyar

Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition - Shooting Star Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County 2009

Gold Medal

Shooting Star, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon

Steele, 07 Chardonnay, "Steele Cuvee"

Steele, 07 Pinot Blanc

Writer's Block, 07 Counoise

  

Silver Medal

Shooting Star, 07 Zinfandel

Steele, 06 Merlot

Steele, 05 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard, "Block N"

Writer's Block, 07 Roussanne

Writer's Block, 06 Petite Sirah

 

Bronze Medal

Steele, 07 Viognier

Steele, 06 Zinfandel, Mendocino County

 

Sante Magazine - May, 2009 - Shooting Star Aligote Washington State 2011

“Aromas of almond, citrus, and violet with peach, lime, hazelnut, and chalk on the palate; light bodied and balanced long finish. (Serve with) baked tilapia.”

Wine Spectator On-Line - June 2009 - Writer's Block Zinfandel 2010

87 Points

Wine Spectator - June 30, 2009 - Shooting Star Zinfandel Lake County 2008

“TOP VALUE.   Juicy, crisp, and racy, with appealing cherry and dill aromas and lively tart raspberry and toasty flavors.”

87 Points

Tasting Panel Magazine - Shooting Star Zinfandel Lake County 2008

"Juicy and bright, with edgy spice, smoke, roasted meat and black raspberry fruit."

88 Points

Beaufort, NC Food & Wine Festival - Shooting Star Zinfandel Lake County 2008

The following wines were awarded medals at the prestigious Beaufort, NC Food & Wine Festival:

Shooting Star Zinfandel, Mendocino County 2007- First Place, Best of Show

Steele Cuvee Chardonnay 2007 - GOLD METAL

Shooting Star Chardonnay 2007 - GOLD METAL

Steele Stymie Syrah Lake County 2005 -  SILVER METAL

Shooting Star Blaufrankisch "Blue Franc" 2007 - SILVER METAL
Steele Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2006 - BRONZE METAL
Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 2008 - BRONZE METAL

Restaurant Wine Magazine - Shooting Star Syrah Lake County 2009

SHOOTING STAR 2007 Aligote

“Dry, full bodied, crisp, and lightly oaked; a wine of green apple and ripe grape aromas/flavors, and modest oak.  Medium long finish.  4 Stars (out of 5 Stars)” 

SHOOTING STAR 2006 Syrah

“GREAT VALUE!  Supple and ripely flavored, with light oakiness and medium long finish, tasting of black licorice, berry jam, toast, and cedar. 5 Stars (out of 5 Stars)” 

STEELE 2007 Pinot Blanc

“A supple, full bodied, moderately complex wine, with excellent balance and length.  It tastes of pears, lemon peel, apple, toast, roasted nut, and vanilla.  GREAT VALUE. 5 Stars (out of 5 Stars).” 

STEELE 2006 Zinfandel (Mendocino County, CA)

EXCELLENT VALUE.  A supple, ripely flavored (plum, cherry, berry jam), lightly oaky Zin, with moderate richness, and a long finish. 4+ Stars (out of 5 Stars)”

WRITER’S BLOCK 2007 Counoise

“A full bodied, lightly toasty wine, with plum, cherry, toast, and vanilla aromas/flavors; Pinot-like in style. EXCELLENT. 4+ Stars (out of 5 Stars)”

WRITER’S BLOCK 2006 Syrah

“FINE SYRAH; ripe and full bodied with long character (black licorice, blackberry, clove, cedar), and a long persistent finish.  GREAT VALUE.  4+ Stars (out of 5 Stars)”

2009 Vineyard & Winery Management Wine Competitions Grand Harvest Award - Steele Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2008

Gold Medal

Steele, 05 Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido, 500 cases produced

 

 

Silver Medal

Shooting Star, 06 Barbera, 600 cases produced

Steele, 07 Pinot Blanc, 3000 cases produced

Writer's Block, 07 Roussanne, 1000 cases produced

Writer's Block, 06 Malbec, 400 cases produced

Writer's Block, 06 Petite Sirah, 1000 cases produced

 

Bronze Medal

Steele, 06 Merlot, 2000 cases produced

Steele, 05 Zinfandel, Du Pratt Vineyard, 1000 cases produced