Shooting Star Pinot Noir
Structure and rose petal scents. Bright fruit and hints of strawberry. The midpalate has a light sweet tobacco character and hints of spice, reminiscent of some lighter Burgundys. Perfect with grilled lamb burgers topped with Gorgonzola.
$30.00 / Bottle $360.00 / Case
Jed Steele has been making wine in California for 44 years. He started his career at Stony Hill, where he worked in the cellar. He then went to UC Davis, where he earned a master’s in Enology, and soon landed a position as the first-ever winemaker at Edmeades in Mendocino, where he spent a decade. He next helped launch Kendall-Jackson, as the wine juggernaut’s first winemaker. He made KJ’s first nine vintages, and left when production hit one million cases.
Jed launched his own label, Steele Wines, in 1991 — and today makes wine under four different labels: Shooting Star, Writer’s Block, Steele, and his reserve line, Steele Stymie. The grapes come from across the West Coast — from California’s Lake County to Washington’s Snipes Mountain.
The unique growing conditions of Lake County provide a few places to grow Pinot Noir. The Lyon vineyard is the first of the two to come into the winery just about 10 days prior to the Dorn vineyard Pinot Noir. The Lyon and Dorn Vineyard lots are brought in separately and are fermented in stainless tanks and barrel aged in French and Hungarian barrels, of which 20% are new, for roughly 9 months. The final blend consists of equal portions of the two.