2012 Steele Wines Merlot Stymie Founder's Reserve Lake County


  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Lake County
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • Ben Christiansen wrote:

    September 28, 2018 - Powerhouse Merlot. Needs time still.

  • Giggs wrote: 92 points

    September 6, 2018 - Blue, black, balsamic, crushed flowers. The palate doesn’t quite live up to the nose, but still, it’s exceptional.

  • *Vine* wrote:

    April 21, 2018 - Popped and poured, deep ruby. Aromas of plummy fruits, clay, dried herbs, pyrazines and pronounced, overt "sweet" oak (American?). Medium-plus body. On the palate, this shows OAK. Like immediately and to such an extent no other flavors show. Pronounced green blends in to create plasticine flavors that conjur a hypothetical flavor akin to what one may think Windex would taste like. With air, the fruit emerges ever so slightly. While decent acidity and moderate tannins are somewhat redemptive, there's no escaping the fact this is bizarrely flavored...almost like a spoof wine that's trying too hard to be something it isn't. Regardless, this is completely subpar and a horrendous QPR to boot -- would make a great flavor additive for rail gin instead of masquerading as fine wine like it is right now.

  • Parnelli wrote: 86 points

    April 20, 2018 - A little better than the last bottle, but still seems a little flabby.

  • MtCom wrote:

    April 14, 2018 - For a girly wine the ladies love this one

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Steele Wines
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation Stymie Founder's Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Lake County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 40 (70%)
  • Consumed 17 (30%)

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