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 Vintage2008(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2006 vintage.)
TypeWhite
ProducerSteele Wines (web)
VarietyRoussanne
DesignationWriter's Block
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNorth Coast
AppellationLake County
UPC Code(s)763312479079

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Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2012 (based on 1 user opinion)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 84.5 pts. and median of 84 pts. in 2 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Mike Kopanski on 4/18/2012 & rated 85 points: We don't often see 100% Roussanne. Usually a blending grape in the Old World, thought it might be nice to try one from America. We were rewarded by some quite unique flavors and aromas. We always trust the work of Jed Steele, and his family. So this is not great wine, but is more than OK. The color was scary how close to brown it was, and exposed the possibility this may be bad bottle. The nose rescued that thought. There is kind of a fresh cracked walnut, or maybe hazelnut aroma, with some herbal, brown spice with the pear and tropical fruit. This was barrel fermented, which imparts some of that vanilla, and oak richness, which results in a very smooth and rounded wine. The fruit is very soft and easy on the palate. Just enough acid to keep things interesting. Very well integrated. Possibly already slightly past its prime. Oily, nutty, herbal pear on the finish. Not for everyone, but still a credible effort. (1132 views)

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USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

North Coast

The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. (see The Wine Institute for more information)

 
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