Winemaker Quincy Steele’s experiences working in Argentina inform this wine and its style. Native yeast fermentation, extended macerations, and cooler fermentation temperatures give him as much control as possible with respect to extracting. Aged in French, Hungarian and American oak (equal parts, although only 15% new). Aromas and flavors are very pronounced ripe red berry and black fruit, and spice with medium acid and moderate tannins.
Extremely versatile food wine that pairs well with most grilled meats and grilled vegetable preparations. Try a grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce, a cassoulet or a cheese & charcuterie plate.
This Malbec is sourced from the Red Hills Appellation of Lake County. The vineyard was planted in 1999-2000 on well drained slopes of iron rich red soil, remnants of an ancient eruption of Mt. Konocti, the dormant volcano which rises above Clear Lake. An excellent vineyard site above 2000 feet, we were one of the first wineries to work with Red Hills Malbec.
Appellation: Lake County, CA
Barrel Aging: 12 months in French, American and Hungarian (15% new)
I’ve been making wine in California for over 50 years and we just celebrated our 28th anniversary of Steele Wines in 2020 in Lake County. Like many winemakers, I started in the cellar. That was in 1968 at Stony Hill in the Napa Valley. After I earned my enology degree at UC Davis I ended up at Edmeades in the Anderson Valley, then started with Kendall-Jackson in Lake County.
The benefit of having been in the wine industry for so long is that you get a lot of experience with grape growers and vineyards across the state. I’ve made wine from just about every wine region in California, from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. We consistently draw on some of the finest vineyards in California.
But our goal was never to be a huge winery. We bottle a lot of different varietals under four unique brands, but most of our wines are made in lots of fewer than 1,000 cases. This reflects my fascination with many diverse varietals and vineyard sites. And staying small means we can practice true craftsmanship in the production of all of our wines. We thank you for your patronage, and hope you enjoy our wines.
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI
Good morning! Tried to stay up late and post this (east coast), but that didn’t happen. Thank you, Alice and Casemates for the opportunity. I received this on Saturday afternoon and stashed it in the wine fridge for a few hours, then opened after dinner. Pretty, ruby red color. It’s a smooth, light wine, medium tannins, and honestly didn’t make a very strong impression. After a few swirls in the glass, I picked up hints of black currant and cherry and later blueberry and blackberry. Taste was tart, not a ton of alcohol. It definitely opened up more after about 20 minutes in the glass. Paired it with a few chocolate covered cherries, and that was enjoyable. Had another glass the following day, and it was, as we say in my Simpsons loving household, perfectly cromulent. It’s a decent deal if like Malbecs, but you may want to finish the first night. I’ll try to check back with another taste later.
@murftastic Thanks for review and introducing cromulence into the board lingo. Though the spelling filter underlines it in red, presumably showing how important the word is.
But I always want to ask on review photos, do people actually have perfectly empty, clean, and polished kitchen counters and walls all the time, or is there just a square-foot or two that people prep for the photo shoot by pushing all the other crap off to the sides?
@pmarin A little from Column A, a little from Column B–I did clear some space for the photos, but we only moved in a month ago, so we’re still in the “keep it pretty and shiny” phase, esp after years with a non-cromulent kitchen.
Well, not a comment about today’s offering, and I just read all the questions in the FAQ area. But the above rat photo, brings up a reoccurring question, since I missed the original offer of Casemates Glasses…
Winedavid, would you consider ordering more & selling them, to your loyal customers?
@irenegade@murftastic@winecaseaholic But then they’d be too easy to get. I don’t remember how many offers there were under the holiday gift promo, but I bought 3 or 4 of them, maximizing my chances of getting cool different stuff. Of course I had no way of knowing what the possible “gifts” were or that the glass set was one of them.
Sorry I didn’t get this in before Monday morning! Was out of town and it was too late for wine when I got home. (But is it ever really too late for wine??) I’m not big on Malbecs, but this one really grew on me! Immediately I got flavors of cherry cola and very dark chocolate. Maybe a little plum. The finish got smoother the more it came to temperature (and maybe the more I had to drink!). Overall, pretty good! Plus, the back label is fun to do a dramatic reading of. Tells you nothing about the wine, but the copywriter definitely was NOT suffering from Writers Block!