Jed Steele is still cranking out some of California’s absolute best buys.
Steele has been a staple at J. Webb for over a decade. During that time we’ve tasted a lot of other wines from California but none have delivered the consistent value that we get from Steele. In the past we’ve focused on the their sub $25 wines, so we thought it was time to show you what Steele can do at the upper end of the price range. These are Steele’s best wines, single vineyard offerings that still manage to hit the shelves for only $45. These are without doubt some of the best value wines we see, and they’ll look pretty good on your table this weekend next to your holiday feast.
2013 Steele Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir, Carneros ($45)
Sangiacomo vineyard has been in use since the first vintage in 1991. 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 many Pinot Noir’s Steele makes this is the lightest and brightest with an unmatched elegance, and lingering finish.
2014 Steele Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros ($45)
Durell Vineyard is in a warmer location as the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains surround it and just at the northern boundary of the Carneros Appellation. This protection makes this vineyard less windy which also helps ripening. The Durell combines the citrus, pear and mango notes to create a deliciously complex wine. Aromas citrus zest and ripe stone fruit are prominent. The flavors are lively and rich with tropical fruit and baked apple with a hint of caramelized sugar.