Steele Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2014
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We started making Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara to complement our tremendously popular Carneros Pinot Noir. Where Carneros Pinot leans toward bright fresh raspberry and cherry notes, Santa Barbara Pinots are dark, rich and complex, with dried cherry, herb, sassafras and cola flavors. The two wines form a great partnership in showcasing the breadth of style in California Pinot Noir.
Bien Nacido, a nine hundred acre vineyard in Santa Maria, is well known for it's chardonnay and pinot noir plantings. For years STEELE has sourced pinot from this famous site for our vineyard designated "Block N' bottling. For the Santa Barbara label we pick from Block F, a younger-vine benchland site, and blend it with grapes from the lower elevation Goodchild Vineyard. The interplay between the Bien Nacido's Dijon Clones and the Goodchild's Pommard make for a wine of great nuance and harmony.
We take a hands-off approach with our pinots beginning with "rollers out" at the crusher, a process where the berries are left virtually intact at destemming. From there it's a largely kid-glove handling of slow fermentation and long, gentle pressing, finally resting the finished wine in oak (30% new French) for about eight months.
The velvety nose yields a strawberry/ perfume quality backed by staw accents. Dried cherries lesd the palette, followed by hints of wild strawberries. A lovely florality shines before ending on a spicy note.
Roast pheasant with a cherry and almond chutney, or with creamy polenta with mushrooms and eggplant.