Steele Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2009

Steele Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2009 Photo

 

Vineyards

The Red Hills appellation in Lake County is a new AVA (American Viticultural Area). The iron-rich, red soil of Red Hills is laden with obsidian, a glassy black volcanic rock that glistens in the afternoon sun. Well known Napa Valley grape grower Andy Beckstoffer bought up a piece of the Red Hills AVA, planting it in Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals with which he is very familiar. We have been receiving clone 6 and clone 37 grapes from Andy since 2002.

 

Winemaking

The grapes are pressed to stainless steel tank and undergo 2-3 week fermentation with an extended maceration to extract every ounce of flavor. This wine is then laid down in a combination of French and French/American hybrid oak barrels to age for a year and a half before bottling. 

 

 

Tasting Notes

This wine has a rich, fruit-forward elegance. A spicy and herbaceous core backed up by soft tannins makes it a nice glass of wine for casual sipping among friends.

 

 

Food Pairing

This Cabernet Sauvignon would go down wonderfully with a spice-rubbed rib eye steak or rack of lamb.

 

Awards

Bronze medal,  People’s Choice Awards Lake County, 2006 vintage. 1st place out of 20 California Cabernet Sauvignon,  Naples FL 2006 Vintage.